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The Final OOXML Update: Part II

Oct 16, 2009, 21:32 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Rob Weir)

"Let's start by casting our memories back to April, 2008. The BRM was over. NBs had reviewed thousands of pages and submitted thousands of defects. And Microsoft/Ecma made thousands of responses. And the BRM approved thousands of changes. Then, as a final step, NBs were asked if they wanted to change their vote from their original September 2007 vote, based on the changes made to the standard by the BRM.

"Curiously, NBs were asked to make their final decision without actually seeing the text of the standard they were being asked to approve. ISO leadership denied requests from several NBs, a formal SC34 resolution requesting this text, as well as NB appeals, all which asked to have access to the "final DIS" text that would eventually be published. The ISO chief, in his response to the NB appeals, called the final text of OOXML "irrelevant" (prophetic words, indeed!) and would only permit NBs to have access to a list of over 1,000 resolutions from the BRM, many of which gave great editing discretion to the Microsoft consultant who would eventually produce the final text of the specification."

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