Sunday, March 30, 2008

OOXML's vote at the ISO, the results should be published tomorrow

Yesterday was the last day of the vote for OOXML's approval as an ISO standard. The different organizations had until Saturday night, to submit the result of their vote to the ISO committee. This is a big deal as numerous governmental organization rely on the ISO to choose the standards they should use. Of course, considering the poor quality of OOXML, it wouldn't make sense to me to have it recognized as a standard. OOXML is microsoft's format and nothing else. It hasn't been designed by an open consortium with the goal of creating an open file format that will suit the needs of people. It has been designed by Microsoft's employees with the goal in mind that Microsoft needed to have their file format listed as a standard so that they can keep selling Microsoft Office to as many people as they can.
The results of the vote should be published in the news tomorrow. I'm really looking forward to that.

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