Brazil says “No” to Microsoft’s OOXML

Avi Alkalay lets us know that the ISO fast track process for OOXML received a vote of non-approval in Brazil. He lists several reasons why “no” got the nod, which makes one wonder how any country’s technical standards organization could actually say “yes”…

“[The OOXML specification] is incomplete (does not provide mappings with legacy standards, since compatibility is OOXML goal), too long (6000+ pages), fully tied to a single product, uses deprecated substandards, promotes bad practices (embedded binary objects), has clear proprietary hooks (like “formatAsWord95″ XML tags), reinvents the wheel all around (date and color formats etc), and most of all does not have a standards-grade look and feel required for a universal and (virtually) eternal document format (doesn’t have to be perfect, but can’t be that imperfect).

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