Document Format Standards Committee "Grinds to a Halt" after OOXML

Posted by Andy_Updegrove on Oct 16, 2007 11:07 AM EDT
ConsortiumInfo.org Standards Blog; By Andy Updegrove
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As you may recall, Microsoft's OOXML did not get enough votes to be approved the first time around in ISO/IEC - notwithstanding the fact that many countries joined the Document Format and Languages committee in the months before voting closed, almost all of whom voted to approve OOXML. Unfortunately, many of these countries also traded up to "P" level membership at the last minute to get more influence. And that's turning out to be a real problem.

Now, the collateral damage is setting in. At least 50% of P members must vote (up, down or abstain) on every standard at each ballot - and none of the new members are bothering to vote, despite repeated pleas from the committee chair. Not a single ballot has passed since the OOXML vote closed, and In his words, the committee has "ground to a halt." Sad to say, there's no end in sight for this (formerly) very busy and influential standards committee.

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