OOXML Payback Time as Global Standards Work in SC 34 "Grinds to a Halt"

Posted on: October 17, 2007 - 10:49 By: carl

An interesting bit of fallout from the apparent 'ballot stuffing' process that recently afflicted the failed ECMA-376 voting process. As mentioned previously there is a JTC1 subcommittee called SC34 that handles various office standards. ECMA-376 came through there as do a number of other interesting ones (The XML Paper Specification, a proposed PDF replacement...).

Andy Updegrove reports that as a result of that committees minimum 50% Primary Country participation rule and the fact that most of the countries who became P-Countries during the recent unprecedented upsurge in interest are not voting at all, no proposed standards have made it though SC34 since September.

So we now have total gridlock in a key standards process because one company refuses to support the ISO Standard Open Document Format for Office Applications.