Open XML is now a US National Standard

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Norway vote is now “yes” for Open XML

Norway has also decided to change their vote to “yes” for DIS 29500 (Open XML). Norway had initially voted “no with comments” in September, so it’s great to see that they now feel Open XML is ready to be an ISO standard. [Update 4/1/08: Standards Norway (the folks actually responsible for making the decision)…


South Korea vote is now “yes” for Open XML

Oliver Bell just informed me that South Korea has decided to vote for approval of DIS 29500 (Open XML) as an ISO standard. This is a change from their original “no with comments” posisiton they took back in September, and is great news. South Korea was definitely influential in some of the bigger decisions made…


Denmark vote is now “yes” for Open XML

Jesper Lund Stocholm is reporting that Denmark has decided to change their initial vote of “no” in September to “yes” for ISO approval of DIS 29500 (Open XML). Here is a pointer to the press release: As Stephen McGibbon put it: “Denmark is a ISO/IEC JTC1 P member and has changed from ‘Nej med…


Finland vote is now “yes” for Open XML

Here’s the official statement, although it’s in Finnish: Finland had initially voted “abstain” back in September, but they have now decided to change their vote to “yes” in support of DIS 29500 (Open XML) as an ISO standard. -Brian


HP in favor of Open XML “In the current vote on OOXML at JTC 1, HP is supporting an affirmative vote in those national standards bodies in which HP is active.” -Brian


Czech vote is now “yes” for Open XML

I just saw this on Stephen McGibbon’s website: The Czech Republic has decided to change their vote to “yes” for DIS 29500. The Czech national body (led by Jirka Kosek) played an important role in the technical review of the spec and also with their contributions at the BRM towards improving the specification. They…


ODF editor believes Open XML standardization is good for ODF

Via Stephen McGibbon: “Patrick Durusau has posted another thoughtful contribution to the document formats standardisation debate” -Brian


German technical committee votes “yes” on Open XML

There was an article published last week that describes the results of the voting in the technical committee of the German National Body for Standardization (DIN). DIN has been leading the way on a number of areas relating to file formats including the harmonization work between Open XML and ODF. The article is from the…


Out of time?

I wanted to talk about some of the comments I wish we could have dealt with but we didn’t have enough time. We’ll need to follow up with the national body for more information, and deal with it in maintenance. Here’s the full list if you are interested (, but I thought I’d highlight a…