The final draft of the Office Open XML file formats specs is ready. This is great news for our customers and partners! With the final draft, partners have now the chance to develop applications that could be ready before the launch, expected by the end of this year. You'll find more of this in Brain Jones' Open XML Formats blog.

Final Draft: http://www.ecma-international.org/news/TC45_current_work/TC45-2006-50_final_draft.htm

For those of you interested, here is the list of all the organizations contributing to the standard:

  • Apple
  • Barclays Capital
  • BP
  • The British Library
  • Essilor
  • Intel
  • Microsoft
  • NextPage
  • Novell
  • Statoil
  • Toshiba
  • The United States Library of Congress

We posted the draft in three separate formats. There is a PDF version; a tagged PDF version (for accessibility); and a DOCX version.

 Latest updates on the ecma site:

At the most recent face-to-face meeting this September in Trondheim, the committee created the Final Draft of the Office Open XML v1.0 format. The committee, with representation from all Ecma member organizations actively participating in TC45 (Apple, Barclays Capital, BP, The British Library, Essilor, Intel, Microsoft, NextPage, Novell, Statoil, Toshiba, and the United States Library of Congress) unanimously approved the Final Draft standard (as described in the status report: http://www.ecma-international.org/news/TC45_current_work/TC45-2006-50_06Sept28.htm) and agreed to propose it to the General Assembly of Ecma International for publication as an Ecma standard. The final draft has now been submitted it to the Ecma Secretary General (October 6th, 2006) and the GA will vote on this proposal during the GA meeting December 7-8, 2006.

In keeping with TC45's desire to maintain as much public disclosure around the process as possible, the TC45 members have agreed to provide the final drafts of the reference schema and specification for public consumption. There is also a technical forum at http://www.openxmldeveloper.org for developers who are interested in using the Ecma Office Open XML file formats.