XPS format passes first standardisation test
By Simon Nias Thursday, 02 August 2007
Microsoft’s XML Paper Specification (XPS) came a step closer to standardisation last week when ECMA International’s technical committee 46 (TC46) held its inaugural meeting.
The committee, which was created at ECMA’s general assembly last month, met at Queen’s College, Cambridge, to begin work on producing a formal industry standard for Microsoft’s PDF-rivalling print and document format.
Global Graphics’ chief technology officer Martin Bailey, who chairs the technical committee, said that the meeting had been constructive and achieved all of its objectives.
Bailey said: “TC46 has agreed the methodology we will be using to develop a fully documented and unambiguous standard for an XML-based electronic paper format. We’ve also laid out our roadmap for the months to come.”
ECMA has stated that the benefits arising from the standardisation of XPS will include “improved document archiving, better integration between document peripherals and applications, and improved print performance and fidelity”.
The committee’s next meeting is scheduled for September, in Tokyo.
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