No Consensus On US Position on OOXML ISO Specification
Rob Weir reports, that on Friday, INCITS V1 (a Technical Committee accredited by ANSI for recommending the US position on Microsofts OOXML ISO Specification) failed to reach a 2/3 consensus necessary to recommend an „Approval, with comments” position on Microsoft „Office Open XML” (OOXML) document specification.
An important factor in the V1 vote was the large number of members who joined very late in the process. At the start of the year, V1 had only 7 voting members. But by Friday’s meeting V1 had 26 voting members. There was a clear pattern in the voting where the long-time V1 members voted for the „Disapproval, with comments” position as well as „Abstention, with comments” while the newer members voted overwhelmingly „Yes, with comments” and against „Abstention with comments.” This is not surprising since the new members were largely Microsoft business partners.According to Rob, this is not the final step in developing the US position on OOXML. Does anybody know, if Austria has a say in the ISO process and if yes, what Austrias position would be? Via IT conservations.