"The International Organization for Standardization finally
issued a statement this evening, Geneva time, saying a preliminary
vote to publish Microsoft's Office Open XML as an international
standard failed to meet the requisite two-thirds majority of
support to attain fast-track status. The standard itself has not
failed, contrary to many reports this morning.
"But for OOXML to emerge beyond the draft status, Microsoft now
has until February--not March, as was earlier reported here and
elsewhere--to address the comments of members who voted both in the
affirmative ('yes, with comments') and the negative ('no, with
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