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Open XML Stuck on the Way to ISO

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The Open XML electronic document format, developed and promoted by Microsoft, has met a serious roadblock to recognition by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO).
Open XML Stuck on the Way to ISO More than half of ISO’s IT committee members – 19 of its 30 member countries – participated in the preliminary review of the format specifications. This means that their decision will carry sufficient weight to decide the fate of Open XML.
All comments and objections made by these countries will not be published until March, at which time it will be known whether the format will be allowed for a final vote by all 157 ISO member states.
But already there is information that at least 7 of the 19 comments represent what is called in formal ISO language " contradiction " ( contradiction ) and actually means that format standardization is out of the question. If this data is correct, it will be more than enough to turn Microsoft away.
It is worth noting that many of the countries that participated in the preliminary review have already adopted the ODF format, which is still the only international EDI standard. Representatives of Denmark, Norway, France and Malaysia have repeatedly pointed out that ODF seems more attractive to them because it was originally created open and therefore has a clear and logical structure.
The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) did not share its comments, although Open XML has been discussed many times by its members, many of whom have also denied it formal recognition.
via PC World , Inquirer

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