Monday, July 09, 2007

Microsoft Open XML efforts good? - British Library

It seems that - in a BBC article ("Warning of Data Ticking Time Bomb", discovered at the ACM TechNews for this week)- Adam Farquhar, head of e-architecture at the British Library, has made a rather disappointing comment on Microsoft and the Open XML format:
Microsoft has taken tremendous strides forward in addressing this problem. There has been a sea change in attitude.

Sigh. This is very sad. The original press release from the U.K. National Archives is here: The National Archives and Microsoft join forces to preserve the UK´s digital heritage.

The Wikipedia article on Open XML shows why this is such a disappointing comment.
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