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Sep 03, 2007, 13:30 (0 Talkback[s])

PolishLinux: Poland Against OOXML?

[ Thanks to Borys Musielak for this link. ]

"Polish Technical Committee no 171 has just voted 80% against the adoption OOXML as an ISO standard. It's not the end of the game though, since committee 171 which was first planned to make the decision does not make the final decision anymore. Another committee 182--will be voting on the same issue soon!

"According to Sławomir Wroński from Technical Committee 182 (KT 182) the reason for changing the role of KT 171 from leading to 'supporting' committee was made on a meritorical basis. The final decision will be made after the voting takes place in KT 182 which now takes the leading role in the standarization of OOXML in Poland..."

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ZDNet Australia: Australian Apathy Results in OOXML 'Abstain' Vote

"Standards Australia has returned an "abstain" vote on the proposal to adopt the Office Open XML format standard as an international standard.

"The standards body, which represents Australia at the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), said the decision was due to a clear lack of consensus and commitment throughout the development process..."

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ZDNet UK: New Zealand OOXML Rejection 'Not Final'

"New Zealand has rejected Microsoft's proposal to fast track its Office Open XML document format as an ISO standard, but it may change its vote if certain concerns are addressed.

"Grant Thomas, chief operating officer for Standards New Zealand, said that a large number of key New Zealand stakeholders opposed publication of the document as an ISO standard in its current format..."

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ZDNet UK: OOXML Approval System Open to Abuse

"It is hard to consider the current high drama of Office Open XML and the International Organization for Standardization as anything other than a global soap opera. From Ghana, reports of 'anti-Microsoft fundamentalism' being used as an argument against technical objections. From India, complaints that 'we didn't oppose ODF, so why are you opposing OOXML?'. And from Sweden, more than 20 new companies, overwhelmingly Microsoft partners, joining the committee voting on ISO certification within days of the final vote..."

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