With all the talk of Open Document Format being adopted (or not) in places like Massachusetts or Munich, few people seem to have noticed what’s going on in what is soon to be the world’s largest economy. There’s an interesting piece by Peter Junge on ZDNet blog that examines the issue by pointing out China will most likely merge its current standard with either ODF or Microsoft’s OOXML.

The bulk of the post focuses on why OOXML shouldn’t be ISO certified and is the biggest problem for Microsoft’s standard: ‘Another Standard, Microsoft does not support, is the specification RFC 3987, which defines UTF-8 capable Internet addresses. Consequently, OOXML does not support, to use Chinese characters within a Web address.’ This would be problematic for many languages, not just Chinese.”

Check out the full story here.