Amid lobbying, Microsoft is seen winning an international open standard vote ...NOT!
A. Maitland Bottoms
bottoms at debian.org
Tue Sep 4 18:26:54 CDT 2007
Andre Kesteloot writes:
Such optimism. This was a battle in which Microsoft failed to
Now there are results, and the not winner:
Compare to the competition:
The OpenDocument format (ODF, ISO/IEC 26300, full name: OASIS Open
Document Format for Office Applications) passed without negative
(In a zip file linked from
Result of voting
P-Members voting: 23 in favour out of 23 = 100% (requirement >= 66.66%)
(P-Members having abstained are not counted in this vote.)
Member bodies voting: 0 negative votes out of 32 = 0% (requirement <= 25%)
Talk about "Strong Global Support" - The OpenDocument format (ODF,
ISO/IEC 26300) has it!
So, if you are in an organization that values standards compliance
in your document storage format, go to http://www.openoffice.org/
and download some software which supports ODF. Or wait some unknown
length of time until Microsoft implements support for ODF.
Let's see if Microsoft follows up this setback by:
- spending money to improve the OOXML specification to make it
easier to approve, or
- spending money on those who get a vote to change their vote, or
- just supporting ODF with their products.
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