The UK government is adopting the Open Document Format for Office Applications, for documents that are editable (read-only documents will be PDF or HTML). You can read Mike Bracken’s (Government Digital Service) blog on the subject here, and the details of the new requirements here. If you want to see the actual standards, they are
…continue reading The UK government is adopting Open Document: some observations
Microsoft’s controversial Office Open XML format, now officially called just Open XML*, has an embarrassing bug in its Office 2010 and/or Office 2007 implementation, as reported by Dennis O’Reilly on Cnet.
In a nutshell: if you save a document from Word 2010 using the default .docx format, and send it to a user with Word
…continue reading Microsoft Open XML embarrassment: spaces go missing between words
I was surprised to see the following dialog after an in-place upgrade of Office 2007 to Office 2010:
Admittedly there is a strong steer towards the Microsoft formats which, we are told, are “designed to support all the features of Microsoft Office”.
On the other hand, this was an in-place upgrade and default
…continue reading Office 2010 offers choice of Open Document or Microsoft XML formats
XML specialist Alex Brown, who was involved in the ISO standardisation of Microsoft’s Open XML – still perhaps best known as OOXML – says Microsoft has failed to honour the commitments it made when the standard was approved. In particular, it seems little progress has been made between Office 2007 and Office 2010. The key
…continue reading Microsoft accused of failure to observe Open XML standards process