Worldwide know-how requirements group Ecma voted Thursday to approve the creation of a technical committee to start trying into standardization of Microsoft Workplace’s Open XML doc format. The hassle has been backed by Apple, Intel and Toshiba. The vote to create the committee would have been unanimous, nevertheless OpenDocument supporter IBM voted towards the proposal whereas HP abstained. Critics exterior of Ecma questioned the group’s transfer to standardize what they contemplate to be a proprietary format. Micorsoft submitted its new Workplace format to Ecma just a few weeks in the past.