ISO/IEC 29500-1:2016 Preview

Information technology -- Document description and processing languages -- Office Open XML File Formats -- Part 1: Fundamentals and Markup Language Reference

The electronic version of this International Standard can be downloaded from the ISO/IEC Information Technology Task Force (ITTF) web site.

ISO/IEC 29500-1:2016 defines a set of XML vocabularies for representing word-processing documents, spreadsheets and presentations. On the one hand, the goal of ISO/IEC 29500 is to be capable of faithfully representing the pre-existing corpus of word-processing documents, spreadsheets and presentations that had been produced by the Microsoft Office applications (from Microsoft Office 97 to Microsoft Office 2008, inclusive) at the date of the creation of ISO/IEC 29500. It also specifies requirements for Office Open XML consumers and producers. On the other hand, the goal is to facilitate extensibility and interoperability by enabling implementations by multiple vendors and on multiple platforms.

ISO/IEC 29500-1:2016 specifies concepts for documents and applications of both strict and transitional conformance.


General information

  • Current status : Published
    Publication date : 2016-11
  • Edition : 4
    Number of pages : 5024
  • :
    ISO/IEC JTC 1/SC 34
    Document description and processing languages
  • 35.240.30
    IT applications in information, documentation and publishing
    35.060
    Languages used in information technology

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