To Clarify – Is It Ecma Office Open XML, or is it the other?

Back in January (a few life times ago in OOXML time), I posted an entry where I fat-fingered the name of the new Ecma document file format that has been in the news a lot recently. I wrote the name as "Ecma Open Office XML" when it should have been "Ecma Office Open XML". At that time, some friends in Canada used that example to illustrate the vast confusion in the world that existed about the name of the proposed standard. When word got back to me, I posted a comment to that post and mentioned my mistake. Today, I heard that some friends in Ireland are pointing to the same post, and complaining that this naming confusion continues to be rampant in the world, and that all of the efforts of National Bodies in all of the ISO-participating countries, who have worked so hard to bring order and to craft improvements to the standard, have been for naught, because I switched the order of a couple of words while typing. *sigh*. I am proud of the hard work that Ecma and Microsoft, and so many other technology companies and concerned individuals have put forth in the effort establish a document file format that is backwards-compatible and will provide a path for future-proofing information and history. I’ve been fortunate enough to have played a very small part in supporting this effort, and it’s been a wonderful engagement. If either of my 15 readers are interested in more information about the Ecma Office Open XML file format and proposed standard, please visit

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