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ECMA-376: Office Open XML File Formats Gain Momentum

Support for Open XML is growing in both the private and public sectors


Geneva, 3 August 2007

Governments are increasingly endorsing the use of ECMA-376: Office Open XML. The list of governments that have recently endorsed the use of Open XML includes Denmark, Switzerland and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts (USA).

“With ECMA-376:  Office Open XML File Formats, we have provided an international open standard for file formats for word-processing documents, presentations, and spreadsheets that is currently being implemented freely across multiple applications and platforms,” said Dr. Istvan Sebestyen, Secretary General of Ecma International. “On behalf of the organization and the members of the Ecma technical committee TC45 who have contributed to the ongoing development of Open XML, we are pleased by the growth in adoption throughout the industry, and its recognition by a growing list of governments around the world."

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Since its inception in 1961, Ecma International (Ecma) has developed standards for Information and Communication Technology (ICT) and Consumer Electronics (CE). Ecma is a non-profit industry association of technology developers, vendors and users. Experts from industry and other organizations work together at Ecma to develop standards. Ecma submits its work for approval as ISO, IEC, ISO/IEC JTC 1 and ETSI standards and is a frequent practitioner of “fast tracking” of specifications through the standardization process in international standards organizations. Ecma publications can be downloaded free of charge from the Ecma International website The ECMA-376 standard can be found here.

For more information: please contact Dr. Istvan Sebestyen, Secretary General of Ecma International. Email:

Dr. Istvan Sebestyen
Ecma Secretary General