[Update: Marius has produced this HTML version which is easiest to browse and requires no large-sized downloads. Another reader, Tony Manco, has produced this HTML version (another mirror… and another) of the core of OOXML so that you can access the specs quickly.]
In light of the systematic abuse and the demise of ISO, which IBM loudly protested against [1, 2], we shall no longer let this process remain secretive. We finally have complete copies of the documents which the shenanigans keep behind passwords (unlike ODF which they attack). This includes 6 files, namely:
[Note: appended at the bottom of this post we now have 1081c, 1082c, and 1083c.]
[Note #2: we now have a mirror listed at the bottom.]
For those who forgot the opposition to ISO’s bad behaviour, here is another new article about IBM’s action.
In a recent announcement IBM said that it would reconsider its membership in the hundreds of bodies that create global standards for everything from software to servers.
A little while back I noted a provocative call from IBM for standards bodies to do better – a clear reference to the ISO’s handling of OOXML. Here are some other people who are clearly very unhappy with the same: 13 members of the Norwegian technical committee that actually took part in the process.
This particular saga is only just beginning…
Feel free to pass around (or even ridicule) those ~60 megabytes of lock-in, which Microsoft won’t let you see. This probably still contains many of the known flaws, which stayed in tact awaiting and even deserving scrutiny. █
Update #2 (04/10/2008): this Web server sporadically goes down due to heavy load (over 10 GB of traffic today, plus lots of CPU and RAM). We’ve made a mirror available, so please use it instead, if possible.
Update #4 (04/10/2008): the first mirror was downed by the load (thousands of OOXML pages combined with the Slashdot effect can do that), so here is a second mirror. If it’s down as well, come back later when there’s less hammering on the servers.
Update #5 (04/10/2008): third mirror of the HTML version, just in case.
Update #6 (04/10/2008): here is a mirror of the PDF (1080.pdf).
Update #7 (05/10/2008): here is a much better HTML version of OOXML (1080). We will have another one soon, but it comprises over 11,000 files, so this may put strain on the server.
Update #8 (06/10/2008): now that the load on the server has declined somewhat (tens of gigabytes in days), we decided that it’s safe to upload this graphics-rich HTML version of 1080 (comprising over 11,000 pertinent files).
Update #9 (07/10/2008): due to legal intimidation from ISO or its cronies, we have removed OOXML (also from the mirrors).