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Venezuela Appeals ISO Decision on OOXML (Denmark Reportedly Also)

A lot has been happening recently in Denmark [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6] where OOXML received a cold reception and abuse of the process was clear for all to see. According to one report, an appeal came from there, but we haven't a confirmation. As for Venezuela, it's confirmed to have filed an appeal. A list of incidents from there you can find here. The country is moving towards Free software.



Here is what seems like the earliest report about Venezuela's appeal. The author too reluctant at this stage to include Denmark in the headline, but we will update this post accordingly when it clears up.

Venezuela has joined the list of countries that have lodged appeals against the adoption of an international standard based on Microsoft's Office Open XML (OOXML) file format.

[...]

By Monday, though, the IEC had relaxed its interpretation of the directive: Venezuela's appeal, although filed after May 29, "was filed within the two months of the BRM [ballot resolution meeting] closing so that it is being accepted. (The BRM closed on 29 March 2008 so the interpretation is that the last calendar day of May is being applied)," Buck wrote in an e-mail.

[...]

Computerworld Denmark reported Friday that Denmark filed an appeal with the ISO, although spokesmen at the IEC and ISO would not confirm that.

"I have no confirmation of the Danish report and cannot comment further on that," the IEC's Buck said Monday.


That makes 4 or 5 so far (maybe more are yet to emerge), including the world's second- and third-largest populations. The only problem, however, is one that was mentioned yesterday. ISO and Microsoft have too much control as their own watchers. There ought to be outside intervention.

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