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Name'n and Shame'n Where the Credit is Due: Setting the Record Straight on (Non)Voting in SC 34

Oct 29, 2007, 14:30 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Andy Updegrove)

"About ten days ago I reported that SC 34, the ISO/IEC JTC1 committee responsible for evaluating OOXML, has been unable to make progress on any of its other important initiatives since the OOXML vote. Why? Because the eleven Observer (O) Members that had upgraded to Principal (P) member status in the run up to the OOXML vote have not bothered to cast a vote (even to abstain) ever since. P Members, you may recall, have more influence over the outcome than do O Members.

"In the same piece, I observed that this further confirmed the assumptions of those (myself included) that those National Bodies that had upgraded did so solely for the purpose of voting 'Yes' for OOXML, as earlier demonstrated by the fact that of the 11 upgrades had in fact done exactly that. What I had not anticipated was that a key standards committee would now be suffering serious collateral damage when these new members have shown no willingness to vote--even to the extend of simply casting an 'abstention,' which would suffice to meet the requisite 50% participation among P Members for a vote to pass..."

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