At the eleventh hour
Meanwhile, the Danish Open Source Business Association has
protested the Danish Standard group final “yes” vote for standardization given
a lack of consensus, rules violations, no final draft and little chance of
interoperability. It wants ISO to reopen the issue.
Microsoft declined to comment saying it’s between ISO/IEC
and the national bodies.
ISO now has 30 days to sort out the appeals, with the count starting
June 2, and then if they meet the rules and compromise fails, it pass them
upstairs, so to speak, to the ISO Technical Standards Board and the IEC
Technical Management Board.
Brazil claims the hurried five-day ballot resolution meeting
(BRM) back in February was “inconclusive” and complains, like South Africa did,
that the text of the proposed final standard, which according to the rules
should be out, has been no-show.
In its letter to ISO,
It says it “noticed that most of the decisions taken during
the BRM were based on the ‘lack of time’ argument, and we think that this is
completely incompatible with the kind of decisions that should have [been]
taken on that meeting.”
“They were there,” it says, “the technical propositions.”
Microsoft said the week before last that Office 2007 SP2 would support the enemy OpenDocument Format apparently so it can say it supports an ISO standard and not lose accounts. Microsoft isn’t planning to fully support OOXML until Office 14, the next major release of Office.