Now we are reaching the end of the five month full review period, and things are getting interesting as reports begin to trickle in from one National Body around the world after the other about how the national votes are going. Here are a few examples.
Also in Italy we are discussing if the Office Open XML format…The voting in Italy was scheduled to end the 13 of July, for members enrolled on or before 8th July. Strange things started to happen, not unlike other member bodies' situations abroad. Up and until mid-may the members of the relevant Uninfo committee (JTC1) were five: IBM, Microsoft, CEDEO (Leonardo Chiariglione), the PLIO organization (Openoffice.org in Italy) and HP. Then new members started flocking. At the last count, voters were 83  Wow! a great number, indeed! If one considers that admission to JTC1 costs in excess of EUR 2000 (more than 2700 USD), it shows a great deal of interest in the standardization process (is the irony sufficiently evident?)….The vote has now taken place, the qualified majority was not reached (2/3rds). Actually it is quite impressing seeing how the voting panel was formed. Particularly noteworthy is the fact that among those favouring the adoption of the standard without reservation a large majority is made of business partners of the proposing entity, a law firm retained by the latter, the official certified business partners association of the proposing entity . "Money can't buy me love" Beatles used to sing: perhaps neither a standard. Perhaps!  I know it because I am one of them, beyond, honestly, being also counsel to PLIO. I cannot publish the list of voters/members, but it is available for cross checking in case anybody doubted my word.Continuing the theme of committee composition, someone posting a comment (anonymously) to my last blog entry pointed me to this blog entry from Portugal. According to that post, the composition of the committee formed in that country to review OOXML is not to everyone's liking, with Sun Microsystems being denied a seat, and Microsoft holding the chair (President) position on the committee. At least one comment to the blog post is from someone that says they attended a committee meeting, and had difficulty being heard.
I'll continue to composite news from the various National Bodies as I hear of it, so do let me know if you have anything to bring to the attention of others.
Updated 5:45 PM: Pamela Jones followed up directly with Rui Seabra, the person I referred to above who attended the Portugese OOXML meeting, and just posted this report - which includes Seabra's fuil notes of the meeting. They make for very interesting reading indeed.
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