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Should ISO/IEC JTC1 approve OOXML, and if so, why not? This morning's news provides the best evidence for why the answer should be "no." Whether Microsoft's OOXML (now Ecma 376) should receive the thumbs up is a question most recently posed to me by a reporter last week. It's also one that I've been struggling with for the past 18 months in an effort to be open minded on the subject. Despite the fact that we would all be better off (in my view) with a single document format that works well enough for all vendors and all end users, the submission by Microsoft of OOXML to Ecma certainly benefits Microsoft's many customers and partners..
The Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Systems has announced that its members have approved WS-SecureConversation version 1.3 and WS-Trust version 1.3 as OASIS Standards. The specifications were developed by the OASIS WS-SX (Web Services Secure Exchange) Technical Committee and they define policies and extensions to WS-Security that enable the trusted exchange of multiple SOAP (Simple Object Access Protocol) messages. WS-Trust provides methods for issuing, renewing and validating security tokens as well as establishing, detecting and brokering trust relationships, OASIS officials said. Meanwhile, WS-SecureConversation allows security contexts to be created and key material to be exchanged more efficiently, OASIS said.