ISO Puts Standard for Microsoft's OOXML Document Formats on Hold
Jun 11, 2008, 13:30 (3 Talkback[s])
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"After member states filed four complaints against the
standardisation of Microsoft's Office Open XML (OOXML) document
format, the International Standards Organisation (ISO) and the
International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) in Geneva have
responded by postponing publication of the revised specification.
As the ISO announced, the planned ISO/IEC DIS 29500 cannot be
published until these complaints have been heard. Procedure
requires that they be dealt with by the end of June, when the ISO
and IEC have to hand over their comments on the complaints to two
management committees for a final decision.
"Brazil, India, South Africa, and Venezuela have officially
filed complaints against the controversial certification of OOXML
in expedited proceedings in Geneva..."