Global Graphics hosts first Ecma technical meeting to standardize XPS

Led by its chair, Global Graphics’ chief technology officer Martin Bailey, the TC46 committee met at Queens’ College, Cambridge, UK to begin work on producing a formal industry standard for the XML Paper Specification, the new print and document format introduced by Microsoft® with Windows Vista™.  The TC46 committee comprises representatives from Autodesk, Inc., Brother Industries, Ltd., Canon Inc., Ecma International, FUJIFILM Corporation, Fujitsu Labs, Global Graphics Software Ltd., Hewlett-Packard Company, Konica Minolta Holdings, Inc, Lexmark International Inc., Microsoft Corporation, Panasonic, Quality Logic Inc., Ricoh Company Ltd, Software Imaging, Toshiba Corporation, Xerox Corporation and Zoran Corporation.

TC 46 was created at the Ecma International General Assembly on 28 June.  Ecma states the “standardization of XPS will enable users to enjoy the benefits the technology provides through a number of electronic paper scenarios. These include improved document archiving, better integration between document peripherals and applications and improved print performance and fidelity, and will be delivered with the assurance that implementations from multiple vendors will be completely interoperable.”

Martin Bailey comments, “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. All in all, our first meeting was very constructive, and achieved all of its objectives.”

Global Graphics has played a prominent role in the development and launch of the XPS specification.  A recognized expert in interpreting, rendering and converting Page Description Languages, Global Graphics’ leading edge expertise and engineering capability were factors in the Company being chosen by Microsoft in 2003 to provide consultation services on the XPS specification as well as develop a prototype and a print reference XPS RIP for Microsoft.

Global Graphics maintains that lead today by offering the most extensive range of high performance XPS RIPs and XPS file conversion tools on the market.  These products include XPS RIPs to drive consumer print devices, corporate printers and MFPs as well as production digital presses and prepress equipment; and a comprehensive conversion library to convert between XPS and other page description languages including PostScript, PCL, and PDF for use in printer drivers, print workflows, and a wide range of non-print applications and services.

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About Global Graphics
Global Graphics Software ( is the technology expert for open document and print solutions committed to the continuous development of industry standards.  It is a leading developer and supplier of sophisticated high performance RIPs, PDF document, workflow and color solutions mostly to a customer base of Independent Hardware Vendors, system integrators, software developers and resellers. These partners include the world’s leading vendors of digital pre-press systems, large-format color printers, color proofing systems, copiers and printers for the corporate and SOHO markets and software applications. Global Graphics Software is a subsidiary of Global Graphics S.A. (Euronext:GLOG)

Martin Bailey
Martin Bailey is chief technology officer at Global Graphics where he specifies and designs many aspects of Global Graphics’ industry-leading printing and document technology which extends across several page description languages including PostScript®, PDF and XPS.   Recently awarded a CIP4 Fellowship for his contribution to the development of the Job Definition Format, he is active in representing Global Graphics on a number of industry bodies and standards committees including chairing CGATS and chairing the ANSI/CGATS SC6 Task Force 1 and ISO TC130 WG2 TF2 which develop PDF/X.  He is also involved in standards work relating to variable data printing and reliable print workflows.

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