Standards Norway Comments on the BRM

You can check out the official posting from Standards Norway online. Standards NorwayI am providing a link to the site that is in Norwegian. I am posting a translation here on my blog. They are very clear in their support of the BRM as having met its goals for improving the specification and giving them a forum in which to raise the issues of greatest concern for them.


The following is not from me, it is a translation of the text on the Standards Norway Site.


Representatives from 32 countries discussed OOXML in ISO/IEC

A total of 120 representatives participated at the BRM – ISO/IEC DIS 29500 on the file format Office Open XML (OOXML) in Geneva 25. – 29. February. 6000 comments from member countries was sorted in over 1000 comment groups. The Editor of the standard brought suggestions for solutions on all comment groups, and 200 of these where discussed and thoroughly addressed in the Plenary.

The national member organizations, like Standard Norway, will now spend the time until March 29th, which is the ISO/IEC deadline, to see if they will change their votes according to the resolutions at the meeting. The Norwegian committee SN/K 185 has a meeting on March 28th and will discuss the outcome of the BRM and what will become the final Norwegian vote. During the voting last fall Norway voted “no with comments” to the proposal on OOXML becoming an ISO/IEC standard or not.

The Norwegian delegation

The Norwegian delegation to the meeting in Geneva had a mandate to work on getting as much accommodation as possible on the Norwegian comments, but did not have a mandate to change the Norwegian vote.

The Norwegian delegation consisted of:

· Bjørnhild Sæterøy (HoD) - Standard Norway

· Shahzad Rana – Microsoft Norway

· Knut Tungland – StatoilHydro

· Erlend Øverby – Hypatia AS

· (Steve Pepper – Independent consultant who could not participate

Good run-through of the Norwegian comments

Every country had the opportunity to put forward their most important comments at the meeting, and most of the Norwegian comments got a good run-through. This goes for instance to the Norwegian proposal on multi-part and “scope” of the separate parts. The meeting was also conducted in an efficient and proper manner according to the instructions and rules for ISO/IEC BRM-meetings. The standards proposal for ISO/IEC 29500 will now be changed by the Editor according to the instructions given during the BRM-meeting.

Statements from the Norwegian delegation

· The fact that the criteria for accessibility for user with special needs got a thorough discussion and was considerably improved during the meeting, is particularly positive and will have a great impact for many user groups, says Erlend Øverby, who also manages a working group in ISO/IEC JTC 1 who also develops standards for accessibility.

· We have had five really long work days. We all had big expectations for the BRM and these where met. The Norwegian delegation was well prepared and Bjørnhild Sæterøy in Standard Norway did an excellent job in expressing the Norwegian delegation’s common views, says Shahzad Rana in Microsoft Norway.

· Considering the complexity and attention around the meeting there is nothing to point at regarding the execution of the meeting. Now, the ISO/IEC secretariat will ensure that all proposals for improvement from the BRM will be included, says Bjørnhild Sæterøy from Standard Norway.

· We hope that all the attention around the standardization of OOXML will lead the ICT-sector in Norway to see the importance of participating in future standardization work. Most of our comments got a thorough run-trough during the meeting in Geneva, says Knut Sebastian Tungland in StatoilHydro.

Comments (5)
  1. hAl says:

    Soon the Norwegians will be called the evil empire. How dare they disagree with the ‘good guys’ and in stead state that the BRM was a succes.  

  2. Open XML says:

    C’est ce que l’on pourrait croire à lire la déferlante de titres négatifs sur les blogs et sites des

  3. ISO and IEC have joined Ecma , Standard Norge , Dansk Standard and Standards Malaysia in posting a press

  4. Eivind says:

    I am a Norwegian and I am not impressed by the performance of the Norwegian delegation at BRM. Unfortunately, Steve Pepper, who would be the most important representative in the planned delegation to make a balance for the Microsoft-hired consultant, could not participate at the BRM.

    And to me that seems to effect the outcome of the press release from Standard Norge (SN) as well. To me it seems like the press release is only based on the view of the representatives that was at the BRM, and not the entire commitee that will have their say in the final vote on the DIS at end of March.

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