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What it will mean if OOXML is approved
Authored by: AlanGriffiths on Saturday, March 29 2008 @ 11:47 AM CDT
The impact of approving OOXML in its current state will be primarily felt by ISO - its reputation as a technical standards authority has been badly tarnished by the progress of OOXML through a "fast track" process that has been set up to process existing standards (not standards that have never been subject to a critical review). To pass a standard in the state OOXML is reported to be in is ridiculous and, given the debate around it,  also fails to address the need for "consensus" is ISO standards.

The victims of the resulting loss of reputation will be the other standards ISO produces in this domain and the people and institutions that have invested time and effort to produce standards of an acceptable quality (my own direct interest is in C++, but I'm sure that other working groups have similar concerns).
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