Tuesday, 10 November 2009
During the standardization process of Office Open XML
however, publicly documented as Ecma International standard 376. Public documentation of the default file format is a first for Word, and makes it considerably easier, though not trivial, for competitors to interoperate. During the standardization process of Office Open XML, the specification of the format changed after following some of proposed changes submitted by ISO members. It has been approved as an international standard by ISO (ISO/IEC 29500:2008), but the approval is under review following objections by ISO members South Africa, Brazil, India and Venezuela. Another XML-based, public file format supported by Word 2003 and upwards is the Microsoft Office Word 2003 XML Format.