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I read that differently
Authored by: Anonymous on Wednesday, October 24 2007 @ 10:38 AM CDT
"Note the "where appropriate". It is not the case either that regulators must adopt an ISO standard merely because it exists, nor that they must adopt all ISO standards in the same area or treat them equally, under that WTO."

The WTO treaties are not toothless. They can be, and have been, enforced in (international) court.

Likewise, "where appropriate" has legal power. If there is an international standard covering the procurement, it must be applied unless there are legally valid reasons NOT to apply. So any government procuring document processing software is legally required to use the ISO ODF standard. Or the relevant ISO OOXML if it gets accepted. Not to do so is in breech of the treaty. Suppliers can go to court, as far as I know.

"In the EU document you kindly reference, it only speaks of national standards, as far as I can see. (An ISO standard is not automatically a national standard.)"

In the EU (IANAL etc.), international treaties overrule national law. So any international standard overlapping a national standard will overrule the national standard by force of the WTO treaties. There is not that much choice legally.

But this is moot anyway. As if there are many countries with their own, national document standards. Except for China, that is.

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