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OOXML Formally Approved, Pending Appeals; But at What Cost?

Apr 02, 2008, 12:45 (16 Talkback[s])

Computerworld Australia: ISO Adopts OOXML Format as International Standard

[ Thanks to Jose_X for this link. ]

"The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) has adopted an international standard based on Microsoft's Office Open XML (OOXML) document format.

"The standard was approved by 86 percent of all countries voting, and by 75 percent of those countries participating in JTC1, the joint committee of the ISO and the International Electrotechnical Committee that organized the vote, according to a number of sources. To pass, it required the approval of 75 percent of all countries voting, and 66 percent of those countries participating in the committee, known as P-members..."

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ConsortiumInfo: BRM Blowback (and ISO Press Release)

"ISO has now issued its confirmatory press release. The full text (less boilerplate) is appended at the end of this entry. I note with some interest that the press release includes the following language:

"Subject to there being no formal appeals from ISO/IEC national bodies in the next two months, the International Standard will accordingly proceed to publication..."

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InfoWorld: Microsoft's ISO Win May Worsen its Antitrust Woes

"Microsoft may have won a year-long quest to make its OOXML (Office Open XML) document format an ISO-recognized international standard, but claims of foul play in the voting process may come back to haunt the software giant when the European Commission concludes its latest antitrust investigation of Microsoft's business practices.

"When the Commission, Europe's top antitrust authority, opened a probe into Microsoft's business practices in January, it said part of the investigation would examine whether OOXML, as the format is known, is 'sufficiently interoperable with competitors' products...'"

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