"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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