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Press Release
16 July 2008

OOXML will take second place following Microsoft’s announcement to support ODF, says Dr Alex Brown

Microsoft’s recent announcement that its next version of Office will add native support for ODF creates speculation among software rivals

The recently standardised OOXML format will now take second place to Open Document Format (ODF), according to Dr Alex Brown, director of Griffin Brown, and an industry leading data quality specialist who has been closely involved in the International Standardisation of Microsoft’s format. According to Dr Brown, OOXML will now represent the “legacy” of MS Office documents that the world has accumulated to date, following Microsoft’s announcment that its Office suite will add native support for ODF.

Microsoft’s announcement in May of this year that it will support the Open Document Format (ODF) has stimulated discussion in the software industry and among pundits. A free and open file format for electronic office documents, originally developed by Sun Microsystems, ODF is already actively promoted by companies like IBM, Novell and Sun..

Dr Brown commented, “The world has changed and companies that lock users into propietary software are no longer tolerated. Indeed, many governments have come to view open formats as a public policy issue. One objective of open formats like ODF is to guarantee long-term access to data without legal or technical barriers.

ODF was intended to be an alternative to proprietary formats, including those used by Microsoft Office and other applications.

“Whatever Microsoft’s motivations, users are set to benefit from a world in which MS Office, easily the most used office software, has aligned itself with open, documented standards.”

An expert member of SC 34, the ISO/IEC committee responsible for document formats , Dr Brown contributes and speaks regularly on structured mark-up technologies and their application to information management.

Dr Brown went on to say, “Software companies should compete on the basis of the quality of their products. The last 18 months have seen them try to compete by influencing the natural course of the International standards process. Now the focus should shift from the standards committees, so that software vendors can concentrate on delivering software that users want.”



About Dr Alex Brown
Alex Brown was convenor of the ISO/IEC DIS 29500 (OOXML) Ballot Resolution Process, and is convenor of the group overseeing its maintenance processes. He has recently been nominated to represent the publishing industry on the panel advising the British Library on handling digital submission of journal articles.

About Griffin Brown
Founded in 1997, Griffin Brown is based in the heart of ‘Silicon Fen’ in Cambridgeshire, UK. Griffin Brown provides XML Data Quality solutions and services to commercial publishers, financial, legal and research organisations and government departments.

XMLProbe offers breakthrough technology for automated XML quality management by providing an effective and flexible XML quality assurance system.
XMLProbe enables organisations to:
• Reduce costs caused by poor-quality XML data
• Ensure standards compliance for submission and receipting systems
• Go beyond the level of validation that XML DTDs and Schemas offer
• Have the means to implement an effective XML data quality policy
• Manage content by producing informative at-a-glance quality reports

Some of the world's largest publishers use Griffin Brown Data Quality software to improve the quality of their structured content and drive down processing costs, including Oxford University Press, Wiley-Blackwell, and the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain.

Griffin Brown is privately owned, backed by seed capital from current and former employees.

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Editors Contacts

Dr Alex Brown
Griffin Brown
Tel: +44 (1223) 425730

Andreina West
PR Artistry Limited
Tel: +44 1491 639500

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