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Update: Microsoft Fails to Gain Approval for OOXML

Sep 04, 2007, 17:15 (12 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Andy Updegrove)

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"Last night, I projected that the OOXML vote in ISO/IEC JTC1 would fail. I now have confirmation from someone who has seen the official results that indeed the vote has failed.

"By way of indirect confirmation, Microsoft has issued a press release on the OOXML vote. The release is titled Strong Global Support for Open XML as It Enters Final Phase of ISO Standards Process, and subtitled, 'Significant participation by National Bodies in ISO/IEC ratification process for Open XML; final decision expected in March 2008 at close of ballot resolution period.' Official confirmation will need to await the availability of the vote from ISO (I cannot as yet find it on line), but this is not the press release title that one would expect if the Yes votes had carried the day..."

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ISO: Vote Closes on Draft ISO/IEC DIS 29500 Standard

"A ballot on whether to publish the draft standard ISO/IEC DIS 29500, Information technology--Office Open XML file formats, as an International Standard by ISO (International Organization for Standardization) and IEC (International Electrotechnical Commission) has not achieved the required number of votes for approval.

"The five-month ballot process ended on 2 September and was open to the IEC and ISO national member bodies from 104 countries, including 41 that are participating members of the joint ISO/IEC technical committee, JTC 1, Information technology..."

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