File Format: Out of two fighers a third came up..

In Beijing has been held a conference called WTO and IPR’s: Issues in Standardization, convened by the Chinese Ministry of Commerce, China’s State Intellectual Property Office (SIPO) and Sun Microsystems.

Scott McNealy spent some words talking about three main document formats in existence today: Open Document Format, OpenXML and China’s Uniform Office Format (UOF) called for the last two to be merged

BarriersChinese’s Wall by frenz_69

What is significant about his statement is not the sentiment, as a harmonization or merger of the two formats has been a topic of conversation and speculation for some time. OASIS, for example, chartered a working group some months ago to explore with the Chinese how the two formats might be brought closer. But until now, ODF proponents have been shy about placing any pressure on the Chinese to take any such action, not unlike someone who very much wants to be asked on a date, but is afraid to scare off the object of affection by being too forward.

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