OpenXML ISO Approved: Reports
Despite alleged voting irregularities, Microsoft's OpenXML format for office documents seems on its way to standardization.
to multiple observers, Microsoft's OpenXML is on its way to becoming an
three sites that have been following the International Organization for
Standardization re-vote on the OpenXML standard-Command
Line Warriors, Open Malaysia
all reporting that, barring some unforeseen circumstances, OpenXML will become
Since none of the authors at these sites is pro-OpenXML, it seems a foregone conclusion that Microsoft was successful in its OpenXML standardization efforts.
Voting on the standardization effort closed March 29. More than 80 national standards bodies had the opportunity to vote on the matter.
the weeks before this second vote, the corporate
fighting between Microsoft and supporters of the ODF (Open Document Format),
Be that as it may, Andrew Updegrove, in his ConsortiumInfo Standards Blog, predicted on March 29, "Unless thus-far unannounced votes that were formerly 'approve' or 'abstain' switch to 'disapprove,' it appears that OOXML will be approved."
is bound to be continued controversy over the OpenXML standardization vote.
Pamela Jones, editor of Groklaw, an IP
(intellectual property) news site, has reported on numerous
accounts of voting irregularities that favored Microsoft. So far,
complaints have been raised about how the standardization vote was handled in
of the evening of March 30, neither the