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The ISO End Game

Yesterday, we were all expecting to hear the final results of the vote to make Microsoft Office Open XML (OOXML) an industry standard under the International Organization for Standardization (ISO). That announcement has been put off until tomorrow, but rumors persist that Microsoft may have narrowly won the support it needed to gain approval.

We'll be covering the ISO process and its implications in our next issue of Redmond Developer News magazine, but in the meantime, I'm left to wonder: What do developers think of the noisome ballot process that has brought OOXML to the doorstep of ISO ratification? What could have been done better? And what, perhaps, shouldn't have been done at all? E-mail me at [email protected].

Posted by Michael Desmond on 04/01/2008

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