Rules altered in OOXML standardization process

Rules changed on the fly to meet five-day deadline to discuss concerns with specification; final vote due in 30 days

"It is more accurate to say this dialogue has been taking place, it is incorrect to say the discussion during the BRM is the only time these issues have been considered. They have been considering them for weeks, for months," said Robertson.

"I think that the national bodies should feel very good about the process that took place here. The process meaning the entire ballot resolution process."

OOXML critic and Linux Foundation member Andy Updegrove, who was in Geneva, said by his unofficial polling of national body members that only six of the 32 delegations in attendance voted to "approve" the resolution of the dispositions while four delegations voted to disapprove. The others either refused to cast any vote or abstained.

The ISO has not officially made any announcement addressing its Ballot Resolution Meeting (BRM) voting.

In Geneva, the 32 national bodies at the BRM, which represented less than half the 87 that voted September 2 on OOXML, decided early that they could not discuss all of the dispositions during the weeklong BRM and elected to lump nearly 900 together into one vote. The other 200, many of which involved editing corrections for the OOXML specification, were approved en masse.

On Wednesday, the delegates approved a proposal to vote on all the proposed resolutions in a single vote. Thursday, a ballot containing all 900 proposed dispositions was issued, according to Updegrove.

The forms were due on Friday. Members could vote "approved," "disapproved," or "abstain" for each proposal, or lump any number or all the dispositions together under one vote and then vote individually on any remaining dispositions.

ECMA already has standardized OOXML and was the organization that recommended the document format for ISO fast-track standardization.

The industry has been hotly debating OOXML and the OpenDocument Format (ODF).

The ISO has already approved ODF as a standard, giving it credibility among organizations that prefer standards-based technology and Microsoft is gunning to land the same designation for its specification.

"Many, many, people around the world have tried very hard to make the OOXML adoption process work," Updegrove said. "It is very unfortunate that they were put to this predictably unsuccessful result through the self-interest of a single vendor taking advantage of a permissive process that was never intended to be abused in this fashion. Hopefully, the National Bodies will not compound this error by approving a clearly unfinished specification during the voting period ahead."

Join the newsletter!


Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.
Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

John Fontana

Network World
Show Comments

Cool Tech

Bang and Olufsen Beosound Stage - Dolby Atmos Soundbar

Learn more >

Toys for Boys

Sony WF-1000XM3 Wireless Noise Cancelling Headphones

Learn more >

Nakamichi Delta 100 3-Way Hi Fi Speaker System

Learn more >

ASUS ROG, ACRONYM partner for Special Edition Zephyrus G14

Learn more >

Family Friendly

Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit for Nintendo Switch

Learn more >

Philips Sonicare Diamond Clean 9000 Toothbrush

Learn more >

Stocking Stuffer

SunnyBunny Snowflakes 20 LED Solar Powered Fairy String

Learn more >

Teac 7 inch Swivel Screen Portable DVD Player

Learn more >

Christmas Gift Guide

Click for more ›

Brand Post

Shining a light on creativity

MSI has long pushed the boundaries of invention with its ever-evolving range of laptops but it has now pulled off a world first with the new MSI Creative 17.

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles


PCW Evaluation Team

Tom Pope

Dynabook Portégé X30L-G

Ultimately this laptop has achieved everything I would hope for in a laptop for work, while fitting that into a form factor and weight that is remarkable.

Tom Sellers


This smart laptop was enjoyable to use and great to work on – creating content was super simple.

Lolita Wang


It really doesn’t get more “gaming laptop” than this.

Jack Jeffries


As the Maserati or BMW of laptops, it would fit perfectly in the hands of a professional needing firepower under the hood, sophistication and class on the surface, and gaming prowess (sports mode if you will) in between.

Taylor Carr


The MSI PS63 is an amazing laptop and I would definitely consider buying one in the future.

Christopher Low

Brother RJ-4230B

This small mobile printer is exactly what I need for invoicing and other jobs such as sending fellow tradesman details or step-by-step instructions that I can easily print off from my phone or the Web.

Featured Content

Product Launch Showcase

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?