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Announcing the Open XML Formats Developer Group

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Announced March 21, 2006, the Open XML Formats Developer Group was initially founded by 40 organizations from around the world to provide a technical forum for developers who are interested in using the Ecma International-developed Office Open XML file formats. Membership in the community is open to anyone free of charge to enable broad development with the formats, regardless of platform. Below are further details on the community’s goals, developers who are involved in working with the Office Open XML formats, and quotes about the value of the community and the formats.

Mission Statement:

The Open XML Formats Developer Group is being formed as a community for developers to exchange information with each other regarding the usage of the Ecma-developed Office Open XML file formats. The community will serve as a technical resource for Open XML developers to submit and answer technical questions and to share tools and ideas around Open XML Formats-based solutions. The Open XML Formats Developer Group is open to anyone free of charge to enable broad participation and development of solutions using the Open XML Formats on any platform. The Open XML Formats Developer Group will support the wide adoption of the specifications being created by Ecma Technical Committee 45.  More information is available at www.OpenXmlDeveloper.org.

Founding Community Members:

• 4 screen AG: http://www.4screen.com
• Acorn Systems: http://www.acornsys.com
• ACOS AS: http://www.acos.no
• APL2000 Inc.: http://www.apl2000.com
• Apple: http://www.apple.com
• Ascentn Corp.: http://www.ascentn.com
• atQuest Solution Pte Ltd.: http://atquest.com
• BP: http://www.bp.com
• Blaze SSI Corp.: http://www.blazessi.com
• Business Engine: http://www.businessengine.com
• CAPITA Education Services: http://www.capitaes.co.uk
• Certeon Inc.: http://www.certeon.com
• Colligo Networks: http://www.colligo.com
• ComponentOne LLC: http://www.componentone.com
• CyberSavvy.NET LLC.: http://www.cybersavvy.net/
• Document Sciences Corp.: http://www.docscience.com
• Essilor International: http://www.essilor.com
• Florida House of Representatives: http://www.myfloridahouse.gov
• Flowfinity Wireless Inc.: http://flowfinity.com
• Fractal Edge Ltd.: http://www.fractaledge.com
• ILOG: http://www.ilog.com/
• i-Magination Group: http://www.i-maginationgroup.com
• Intel Corporation: http://www.intel.com
• InterKnowlogy LLC: http://www.interknowlogy.com/IKCorporate
• IntelliSafe Technologies: http://www.intellisafe.com
• IP Commerce Inc.: http://ipcommerce.com
• ITVT GmbH: http://www.itvt.de
• Mathsoft: http://www.mathsoft.com
• Microsoft Corp.: http://microsoft.com
• NextPage Inc.: http://www.nextpage.com
• NuSoft Solutions Inc.: http://nusoftsolutions.com
• OBS Services and Solutions: http://www.obs.com.au
• Panorama Software: http://www.panorama.com
• RM Sistemas SA: http://www.rm.com.br
• Sonata Software Ltd.: http://www.sonata-software.com
• SourceCode Technology Holdings Inc.: http://www.k2workflow.com
• Spescom Software Inc.: http://www.spescomsoftware.com
• The Computer Solution Company: http://www.tcsc.com
• Toshiba: http://www.toshiba.com
• XINNOVATION: http://www.xinn.com

“Standardization to foster the growth and openness of file formats across the industry is of benefit to everyone. As such, having an Open XML Formats Developer Group as a community and resource to foster the adoption of the Office Open XML File Formats is great for all participants involved.  We look forward to seeing this community grow.”
- Jan van den Beld, Secretary General, Ecma International

  • For a comparison:

    http://www.seweso.com/blog/2006/03/opendocument-format-alliance-vs.php  
  • Interesting list. I think it's worth noting that these two groups have quite different charters ...

    The ODF Alliance web site says that the alliance "works globally to educate policymakers, IT administrators and the public on the benefits and opportunities of the OpenDocument Format."

    The OpenXmlDeveloper.org mission statement says that the community "will serve as a technical resource for Open XML developers to submit and answer technical questions and to share tools and ideas."

    Based on those words alone, I think one could safely predict that the ODF site will probably name more companies than us in the future (policymakers tend to like that stuff), while we'll probably run more source-code examples than they will (developers tend to like that stuff).

    - Doug

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