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From: Phil Archer <phila@w3.org>
Date: Thu, 22 Jan 2015 12:05:32 +0000
Message-ID: <54C0E78C.8080808@w3.org>
To: Public DWBP WG <public-dwbp-wg@w3.org>

I just noticed that the BP "Use machine-readable standardized data 
formats" included this:

"Consider which data formats potential users of the data are most likely 
to have the necessary tools to parse proprietary or (preferably) 
non-proprietary data formats, including but not limited to MS Excel, 
CSV, NetCDF, XML, JSON and RDF. Standard data formats as well as the use 
of standard data vocabularies will better enable machines to process the 

No no no no no no no

Microsoft Excel is a proprietary format that has no place in a W3C 
standards document. I have removed it.

True, MSFT 'gave' the standard to ISO but it's not an open standard in 
terms of the way it was developed and is effectively a proprietary one.

For tracker: ISSUE-67


Phil Archer
W3C Data Activity Lead

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