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TC45 - Office Open XML Formats

Scope - Programme of work

News about the last results

You may now review here the first Working Draft (1.0) of ISO/IEC 29500 4th edition Part 3 "Markup Compatibility and Extensibility" produced by JTC 1 SC 34/WG 4 in October 2013.

ECMA-376 4th edition was approved in December 2012 and is available here.

Upcoming meetings

Regular TC45 conference calls are held. The last teleconference was held on 22 January 2014 and the next one is planned for 26 February 2014.

The last face-to-face meeting of TC45 took place on 23 July 2008 in London (UK).

The ISO/IEC DIS 29500 Ballot Resolution Meeting took place on February 25-29, 2008, in Geneva (Switzerland). Ecma has set up for that meeting a new online portal to facilitate the disposition of comments on ISO/IEC DIS 29500 ballots "Information technology - Office Open XML file formats" and invites ISO, IEC and ISO/IEC JTC 1 National Bodies which have submitted comments on ISO/IEC DIS 29500 to get information regarding the proposed disposition of the comments here.

Since then maintenance of ISO/IEC 29500 is being done in ISO/IEC JTC 1 SC 34/WG 4. Ecma TC45 is well represented in the maintenance team. The schedule of those meetings can be found on the SC 34 website.

Activities

The Ecma International Technical Committee TC45 has been working to establish a standard for Office Open XML File Formats as described in its programme of work. The committee's work began in December 2005, and has continued via regular  weekly or bi-weekly 2-hour conference calls and 7 face-to-face meetings.

The Ecma General Assembly approved the Final Draft as Standard ECMA-376 in December 2006 and Ecma submitted the standard to ISO/IEC JTC 1 for fast-track processing.

At the end of the one-month first phase of the DIS 29500 fast-track, TC45 provided the disposition of comments, also in document TC45/2007/006,  to be found at:  http://www.ecma-international.org/news/TC45_current_work/Ecma%20responses.pdf

After the ballot closed on September 2, 2007, TC45 continued its very active involvment by supporting the ISO/IEC DIS 29500 Editor who was tasked to produce a proposed disposition of all comments received during the ballot period. TC45 conducted thorough discussions of all comments submitted together with the ballots, using the wide technical expertise of its members to help develop the best possible proposals to answer National Body comments, including by confirming their proposed resolutions or proposing alternate solutions.

Since the adoption of ISO/IEC 29500 in 2008 the maintenance and further development of ISO/IEC 29500 is being done with TC45 participation into JTC 1 SC 34/WG 4 . The approved corrigenda and amendments are being incorporated into a new ECMA-376 edition to be approved by the Ecma General Assembly in June 2011.

Participation

The following organizations have participated in the work of Ecma TC45 and their contributions are gratefully acknowledged: Apple, Barclays Capital, BP, The British Library, Essilor, The Gnome Foundation, Intel, The Library of Congress, Microsoft, NextPage, Novell, Statoil, and Toshiba.

Liaisons

TC45 has an active liaison with ISO/IEC JTC 1/SC 34; the TC45 liaison officer is Rex Jaeschke.

TC45 also has an active liaison with Ecma TC46, and an active liaison with the DIN Committee on Interoperability.

Stages of earlier results

Last results about Office Open XML Formats (TC45) (March 3, 2008)

Last results about Office Open XML Formats (TC45) (January 14, 2008)

Last results about Office Open XML Formats (TC45) (January 7, 2008)

Last results about Office Open XML Formats (TC45) (December 21, 2007)

Last results about Office Open XML Formats (TC45) (December 11, 2007)

Last results about Office Open XML Formats (TC45) (November 19, 2007)

Last results about Office Open XML Formats (TC45) (October 18, 2007)

Last results about Office Open XML Formats (TC45) (September 3, 2007)

Last results about Office Open XML Formats (TC45) (August 3, 2007)

Last results about Office Open XML Formats (TC45) (April 2, 2007)

Last results about Office Open XML Formats (TC45) (December 7, 2006)

Last results about Office Open XML Formats (TC45) (October 23, 2006)

Last results about Office Open XML Formats (TC45) (October 9, 2006)

Last results about Office Open XML Formats (TC45) (September 28, 2006)

Last results about Office Open XML Formats (TC45) (August 23, 2006)

Last results about Office Open XML Formats (TC45) (August 17, 2006)

Last results about Office Open XML Formats (TC45) (June 21, 2006)

Last results about Office Open XML Formats (TC45) (May 18, 2006)

Last results about Office Open XML Formats (TC45) (April 18, 2006)

Office Open XML overview

White paper in English (September 2008) regarding the 2nd edition of ECMA-376

White paper (December 2006) in English and in other languages: Chinese, Dutch, French, German, Korean, Portuguese and Spanish regarding the 1st edition of ECMA-376


Office Open XML presentations

Office Open XML presentation by the British Library, April 2007


Swiss presentations on Office Open XML

SNV UK14 Information meeting on ISO/IEC DIS 29500 in Olten (May 30, 2007) by Hans-Rudolf Thomann, CEO Thomann Consulting

Presentation "ECMA-376 and the evolution of Open File Formats" by Mark Lange, Senior Policy Councel, Microsoft EMEA, May 2007

Presentation "Document Formats: Ecma Office Open XML" by Dr. Istvan Sebestyen, Secretary General of Ecma International, May 2007

Presentation "Die Bedeutung der Standardisierung im öffentlichen Sektor" by Prof. Dr. Jürg Römer, Studiengangsleiter Wirtschaftsinformatik, Präsident eCH, May 2007


Some implementation examples of ECMA-376 (OOXML)

You may access these implementation examples here.

Useful links

Latest available draft

Ecma TC45 external contribution form

Office Open XML Developer Community website and description of the goals of the community.

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