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 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, . Geneva 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.
The next stage in the ISO/IEC process will be the ballot resolution meeting to be held in