OOXML doesn't get support at ISO - Andy Updegrove explains

Ciaran O'Riordan ciaran at fsfe.org
Sat Mar 1 00:25:54 UTC 2008

The result, by Andy Updegrove:

Sean Daly interviews Andy Updegrove

I'm no ISO procedure expert, but my understanding is: after 5 days of
discussion, the voting members at ISO's Ballot Resolution Meeting decided
not to approve the OOXML specification.  There simply wasn't enough time to
discuss the numerous problems and the numerous proposed solutions.  The
final decision will be in 30 days time, but since the issues raised last
September are officially unresolved, rejection by ISO is almost certain.

In the interview, Andy explains the importance of standards in society
(access to government), why the ISO process was creaking under the strain of
this application, and some comments on anti-trust law.

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