The national bodies have been notified of the results of the ISO/IEC process, and the outcome is now known: Open XML has been approved as an ISO/IEC standard. Here are links to all of the details:
Here is the correct URL to Oliver Bell's blog-article:
Thanks, Peder, I've corrected that. It's still early enough in the morning (in Singapore) that Oliver may not have noticed.
Sorry to rain on your parade, but it looks like you will need to print up a business for CSI. It would appear that ODF was just accepted as the Croatian national standard.
Al fin... el James podrá descansar ( 1 , 2 , 3 ). La guerra de los formatos ha sido terminada y OpenXML
So when will MS Office implement the standard?
Eilne uudis on see, et DIS 29500 ehk Open XML -i standard, mis oli viimasel hääletusel ISO/IEC standardite
Looks like it's official now. Here's the ISO press release:
Congratulations, you've succeeded in making a mockery of the standards process
DJ, we're looking into the details on that and we'll announce our plans after they firm up. We're committed to implementing IS29500 (as Chris Capossela announced recently), so it's just a matter of figuring out the scope of the changes and planning/executing the work.
I thought that Microsoft participated in the submission and the review process. Odd that MS would not be able to roll out the compliant version of Office within a week or so. Keeping up with - what - 38? changes should no be a big deal.
At least there are people in China, Cuba, Iran, and Venezuela who still care about freedom.
Dave, you might be accustomed to making random changes to code and kicking it out the door untested, but that's not how Microsoft does things.
It is probably stranger that OpenOffice still has not managed to make an application that provides full support for any versions of ODF in the 5 years that they have been busy with that format now. ODF is supposed to be relativly small and simple or is it ....
Don't be snarky, Dave S. You know there were about 1000 changes approved at the BRM, not 38.
Congratulations for the countries that had *balls* and didn't agree with this way of deliver standards to people:
* New Zealand  ( dissaproved )
* Brasil  ( dissaproved )
* India ( dissaproved )
* China ( dissaproved )
* South Africa ( dissaproved )
* Canada ( dissaproved )
* Venezuela ( dissaproved )
* Ecuador ( dissaproved )
* Iran ( dissaproved )
* Italy ( abstained )
* Spain ( abstained )
* Belgium ( abstained )
* Netherlands ( abstained but only Microsoft opposed the disapproval )
* France ( abstained due to heavy Microsoft pressure )
* Malaysia ( abstained due to heavy Microsoft pressure )
* Australia ( abstained due to heavy Microsoft pressure, government opposed OOXML )
* Kenya ( abstained )
and many others ( 17 in total )
I would like that the "abstainers" were "disapprovers", but i know... the lobbying was too heavy.