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How the Game is Played: INCITS V1 Narrowly Votes Down OOXML

Jul 16, 2007, 13:30 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Andy Updegrove)

"Rob Weir reported today that V1, the Technical Committee at standards organization INCITS charged by the Executive Committee of that organization to review office format specifications, has narrowly failed to approve Ecma 376 (formerly Microsoft's OfficeOpen XML formats). (You can read a profile of INCITS that explains how it fits into the standard setting hierarchy here) A number of votes were tried across marathon proceedings, including 'approval, with comments,' 'abstention, with comments,' and 'disapproval, with comments,' all of which failed to garner the necessary 2/3s vote needed to report out a consensus decision.

"As significantly, Rob reports that a very dramatic increase in the membership of V1 was observed in the months leading up to the vote--most of whom were coincidentally were representatives of Microsoft business partners, and the great majority of whom voted as a block in favor of advancing the specification in a manner that would permit, and against any vote that would prevent, final approval as an ISO/IEC standard..."

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