Other Changes

By Peter Galli  |  Posted 2008-01-16 Print this article Print

The changes also include fixing the date issue, country names, the internationalization capabilities and password hashing, which now only uses the ISO-recommended algorithm for encryption, Jones said.

Changes were also made to the compatibility settings, conformance classes and accessibility, where new functionality was added and changes made to existing functionality, he said.

The next stage in the ISO/IEC process will be the ballot resolution meeting to be held in Geneva the last week of February, which will be followed by a 30-day period in which the national bodies can change their Sept. 2 vote.

That will be the final vote on whether Open XML becomes an ISO standard, and Microsoft is hopeful that it will prevail.

Jones also pointed to the different platforms and applications already supporting Open XML, including the Apple Leopard operating system, which has native support for the format.

Some analysts, like Peter O'Kelly, research director for the Burton Group, believe Microsoft has done a laudable job with Open XML.

O'Kelly wrote the recently released report titled "What's Up, . DOC? Open XML Formats, Open-Document Format, and the Revolutionary Implications of XML in Productivity Applications," which has been heavily criticized and refuted online and in blog posts this week.

Peter Galli has been a financial/technology reporter for 12 years at leading publications in South Africa, the UK and the US. He has been Investment Editor of South Africa's Business Day Newspaper, the sister publication of the Financial Times of London.

He was also Group Financial Communications Manager for First National Bank, the second largest banking group in South Africa before moving on to become Executive News Editor of Business Report, the largest daily financial newspaper in South Africa, owned by the global Independent Newspapers group.

He was responsible for a national reporting team of 20 based in four bureaus. He also edited and contributed to its weekly technology page, and launched a financial and technology radio service supplying daily news bulletins to the national broadcaster, the South African Broadcasting Corporation, which were then distributed to some 50 radio stations across the country.

He was then transferred to San Francisco as Business Report's U.S. Correspondent to cover Silicon Valley, trade and finance between the US, Europe and emerging markets like South Africa. After serving that role for more than two years, he joined eWeek as a Senior Editor, covering software platforms in August 2000.

He has comprehensively covered Microsoft and its Windows and .Net platforms, as well as the many legal challenges it has faced. He has also focused on Sun Microsystems and its Solaris operating environment, Java and Unix offerings. He covers developments in the open source community, particularly around the Linux kernel and the effects it will have on the enterprise.

He has written extensively about new products for the Linux and Unix platforms, the development of open standards and critically looked at the potential Linux has to offer an alternative operating system and platform to Windows, .Net and Unix-based solutions like Solaris.

His interviews with senior industry executives include Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, Linus Torvalds, the original developer of the Linux operating system, Sun CEO Scot McNealy, and Bill Zeitler, a senior vice president at IBM.

For numerous examples of his writing you can search under his name at the eWEEK Website at www.eweek.com.


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