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TC45 - Office Open XML Formats

Scope - Programme of work - Activities (status reports can be found here)

Scope:

The goal of the Technical Committee is to produce a formal standard for office productivity applications within the Ecma International standards process which is fully compatible with the Office Open XML Formats. The aim is to enable the implementation of the Office Open XML Formats by a wide set of tools and platforms in order to foster interoperability across office productivity applications and with line-of-business systems. The Technical Committee will also be responsible for the ongoing maintenance and evolution of the standard.

Programme of work:

  1. To Produce a formal Standard for office productivity documents which is fully compatible with the Office Open XML Formats
    This includes:
    • Produce a standard which is fully compatible with the Office Open XML Formats, including full and comprehensive documentation of those formats in the style of an international standard, with particular attention given to enabling the implementation of the Office Open XML Formats by a wide set of tools and platforms in order to foster interoperability across office productivity applications and with line-of-business systems.
    • Produce a comprehensive set of W3C XML Schemas for the Office Open XML Formats, with particular attention given to self documentation of the schemas and testing of the XSDs for validation using a wide variety of XSD tools of the market and cross platform.
  2. To contribute the Ecma Office Open XML Formats standards to ISO/IEC JTC 1 for approval and adoption by ISO and IEC.

    Upon completion of the Previous Items, the role of the Technical Committee will be:

  3. To assume responsibility for maintaining the Ecma Office Open XML standard
  4. To evaluate and consider proposals for complementary or additional technology
  5. To assume responsibility for the evolution of the Ecma standard while ensuring backward compatibility with the previous versions to guarantee continuity in the use of the current and future formats
  6. To establish and maintain liaison with other Ecma TCs and with other Standards Development Organizations (SDOs) as appropriate to facilitate and promulgate the work of the TC.

Chairmen
Mr. J. Paoli (Microsoft)
Mrs. I. Valet-Harper (Microsoft)

Vice-Chairman
Mr. A. Farquhar (British Library)

 
Secretary
Dr. Istvan Sebestyen (Ecma International)

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