Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 4th Sep 2007 21:40 UTC, submitted by archiesteel
Features, Office Microsoft has failed in its attempt to have its Office Open XML document format fast-tracked straight to the status of an international standard by the International Organization for Standardization. The proposal must now be revised to take into account the negative comments made during the voting process. Microsoft expects that a second vote early next year will result in approval, it said Tuesday. That is by no means certain, however, given the objections raised by some national standards bodies.
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Vote stucking
by Simon on Tue 4th Sep 2007 23:20 UTC
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In the last week, more than a dozen countries were added to the ISO group to vote regarding MS OOXML. From those late-comers, the vast majority (all but one?) voted for MS OOXML.

It is quite strange to have such a rush of countries to be added, countries that have no expertise to analyze MS OOXML. These countries include Jamaica, Uzbekistan, Cuba, Syria. With all respect to these countries, it looks suspicious.

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RE: Vote stucking
by Soulbender on Wed 5th Sep 2007 05:38 in reply to "Vote stucking"
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"countries that have no expertise to analyze MS OOXML."

What do you base this assertion on? Or are you implying that MS bribed entire countries? (Probably won't work with Cuba though)

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RE[2]: Vote stucking
by Beta on Wed 5th Sep 2007 08:59 in reply to "RE: Vote stucking"
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‘implying that MS bribed entire countries’

Nah, just their standards bodies, and/or their heads of state.

After the standards body voted unanimously to vote “No, with comments”, suddenly they abstained!

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