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Authored by: Anonymous on Wednesday, October 24 2007 @ 06:53 AM CDT
Please read http://www.iso.org/iso/standards_for_technical_regulations.pdf which is ISO's own statement on the matter of the legal status of standards. It is a recent document and tackles recent misconceptions. Note in particular section 7.1 <i>Ensuring no delegation of legislative responsibility</i>

<blockquote>Using ISO and IEC standards for technical regulation does not imply that regulators have reduced power or that they delegate responsibility to other parties. Regulators still have the power to change or update their legislation at any time, or to delete a reference if the standard loses its validity for the relevant legislation. Referencing ISO and IEC standards in technical regulation simply means that regulators make use of the existing consensus at international level.</blockquote>

ISO does not make laws or regulations for IT. It makes standards. Nations may regulate to use them, but that is their business, not necessitated from the ISO side or the fact of any ballot result. Indeed, from the ISO side comes the following warning that the ISO system runs with the expectation that nations will not blindly adopting standards: they need to have procedures in place to ensure the fitness for regulatory purpose:

<blockquote>Regulatory procedures are therefore required when approving references to standards regardless of which method of referencing is used.</blockquote>

(And IIRC, the WTO treaty obligations concern local versus international standards, especially local standards that block off trade. So I don't see how they apply to OOXML/ODF.)

Rick Jelliffe
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