The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) has adopted an international standard based on Microsoft's Office Open XML (OOXML) document format.
The standard was approved by 86 percent of all countries voting, and by 75 percent of those countries participating in JTC1, the joint committee of the ISO and the International Electrotechnical Committee that organized the vote, according to a number of sources. To pass, it required the approval of 75 percent of all countries voting, and 66 percent of those countries participating in the committee, known as P-members.
Among the organizations relaying the information were Microsoft and industry standards consortium ECMA International. Microsoft first sent its OOXML document format to ECMA for approval, where it was adopted as standard ECMA-376. ECMA then submitted its standard to the ISO where, after numerous modifications, it has been adopted as ISO standard 29500.
While the ISO has sent the ballot results to the national standards bodies, it does not plan to announce them publicly until Wednesday.
The results were first disclosed in a document sent to the OpenDoc Society mailing list in a posting by a Dutch technical standards committee member, Michiel Leenaars.
Of the 87 countries that voted, 61 approved, 10 disapproved and 16 abstained. Among the P-members, 24 approved, eight disapproved and nine abstained, according to the document.
The full results the document contained are as follows:
Australia P-Member; Abstention
Azerbaijan P-Member; Approval
Belgium P-Member; Abstention
Bosnia and Herzegovina; Approval
Canada P-Member; Disapproval
China P-Member; Disapproval
Congo, The Democratic Republic of; Approval
Costa Rica; Approval
Cote-d'Ivoire P-Member; Approval
Cyprus; P-Member; Approval
Czech Republic P-Member; Approval
Denmark P-Member; Approval
Ecuador P-Member; Disapproval
Finland P-Member; Approval
France P-Member; Abstention
Germany P-Member; Approval
India P-Member; Disapproval
Iran, Islamic Republic of P-Member; Disapproval
Ireland P-Member; Approval
Italy P-Member; Abstention
Jamaica P-Member; Approval
Japan P-Member; Approval
Kazakhstan P-Member; Approval
Kenya P-Member; Abstention
Korea, Republic of P-Member; Approval
Lebanon P-Member; Approval
Malaysia P-Member; Abstention
Malta P-Member; Approval
Netherlands P-Member; Abstention
New Zealand P-Member; Disapproval
Norway P-Member; Approval
Pakistan P-Member; Approval
Russian Federation; Abstention
Saudi Arabia P-Member; Approval
Singapore P-Member; Approval
Slovenia P-Member; Approval
South Africa P-Member; Disapproval
Spain P-Member; Abstention
Sri Lanka; Abstention
Switzerland P-Member; Approval
Syrian Arab Republic; Approval
Tanzania, United Rep. of; Approval
Trinidad and Tobago P-Member; Approval
Turkey P-Member; Abstention
United Arab Emirates; Approval
United Kingdom P-Member; Approval
Uruguay P-Member; Approval
USA P-Member; Approval
Venezuela P-Member; Disapproval
Zimbabwe ; Abstention
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