Standards Australia Defends Its Decision to Abstain from OOXML Vote

“Standards Australia has defended it’s decision to abstain from
the ISO (International Organisation for Standardization) and IEC
(International Electrotechnical Commission) ballot to approve
Microsoft’s Office Open XML format as an international standard,
saying Australia still has a chance to approve or disapprove the

“Alistair Tegart, program manager at Standards Australia, said
that the Communications, IT and e-Commerce Standards Sector
Board–those responsible for approving Australia’s vote–will
reconsider the viability of a revised position at its next meeting
in October…”