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by Kyle McNabb.
Do we need an open file format standard? ABSOLUTELY! We've published in the past why enterprises need an open file format standard to address longevity concerns. And I believe having an open file format will lead to greater innovation. Just imagine the new tools and applications that can be developed knowing that the mountains of information captured and stored in documents, spreadsheets, presentations, and other office documents could be accessed and manipulated through supported and adopted standard means.
Following the ongoing debate between ISO/IEC standard 26300:2006 Open Document Format (ODF), and Ecma 376 standard OOXML has been nothing if not entertaining — just check out this Google search for some interesting results on OOXML. But one thing's clear, the main parties debating the merits of OOXML as an ISO standard, the INCITS V1 group (such as IBM, Microsoft, Sun & by default OpenOffice.org), can't be completely objective. Here's a full list of the INCITS V1 membership.
If these parties can't be objective, they should at least provide full disclosure. Wouldn't it be nice to know what everyone stands to gain, or lose, pending the outcome of this initiative?
Interesting links to blogs and sites about ODF and OOXML, plus the need for open standards: