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OpenDocument Approved by ISO/IEC
Wednesday, May 03 2006 @ 08:59 AM EDT

Andrew Updegrove has the happy news. ODF is now ISO/IED 26300. He writes:
The six month voting window for ISO/IEC adoption of the OASIS OpenDocument Format (ODF) standard closed on May 1, and at midnight (Geneva time) last night it was announced internally that ODF had been approved by the ISO members eligible and interested in casting a vote. The vote passed with broad participation and no negative votes (there were a few abstentions), and ODF is now ISO/IEC 26300. While there are still some procedural steps internal to ISO/IEC that are required before the official text of the standard will be finalized and issued, these steps (described below) are formalities rather than gating factors.

No doubt there will be more information later today, so keep checking his blog for the latest on this story, and I'll update this article too as more information arrives.


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OpenDocument Approved by ISO/IEC
Authored by: entre on Wednesday, May 03 2006 @ 09:11 AM EDT
Too small for typos.

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some abstained?
Authored by: Anonymous on Wednesday, May 03 2006 @ 09:11 AM EDT
Was Microsoft, perhaps, one who abstained?

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ISO/IEC Voting Question
Authored by: rsteinmetz70112 on Wednesday, May 03 2006 @ 09:24 AM EDT
This is great news. It will be a big boost for Open Standards.

Does anyone know if the votes will be made public?

While no one apparently voted against adoption, it would be interesting to see
who participated and who abstained.

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OT here please...
Authored by: jbeadle on Wednesday, May 03 2006 @ 09:32 AM EDT
And try to make clicky links...


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Authored by: Observer on Wednesday, May 03 2006 @ 09:38 AM EDT
There were some observations earlier about how Microsoft had gotten one of their representatives on a key committee with respect to the ISO adoption of the ODF, and that they might quietly cause roadblocks and delays to the adoption. Unfortunately, it's still too early in the morning for my brain to dig up all the details. However, it sounds now like there was no delay. Is the assumption that Microsoft chose to keep its mouth shut at this point? You think they might be there not to slow down ODF, but rather to help speed along their own format when the time comes?

The Observer

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Standard to remain $freely$ available?
Authored by: Boundless on Wednesday, May 03 2006 @ 09:48 AM EDT
Is it safe to assume that the as-adopted standard will
remain available for no charge at

I've had to buy ISO standards in the past, and they can
be hard to find and expensive. I've also participated in
standards development, and frequently seen freely-avail-
-draft stds become available only for a fee upon adoption.
I'm guessing you will be able to buy a hardcopy
of ISO/IED 26300, but no one will. True?

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Excellent news
Authored by: amhagp on Wednesday, May 03 2006 @ 05:13 PM EDT
I hope this is nail number one of many into the coffin of proprietary (or
succintly put, exclusionary) file formats!!

It makes the most sense to use Industry Standards, not Microsoft standards.

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  • Excellent news - Authored by: Anonymous on Thursday, May 04 2006 @ 08:01 AM EDT
still at least 2.5 months to go
Authored by: xtifr on Wednesday, May 03 2006 @ 06:20 PM EDT

I hate to borrow a slashdottism, but if you RTFA ("Read The Fine Article"--and a fine article it is), you'll see that this is merely one more step in the process. The ISO rules require at least one more meeting to discuss any comments that may have been submitted along with these votes, and that meeting must take place no less than two-and-a-half months after the ballot! After that (assuming that everyone agrees at that point), there may be up to thirty days before the final report and the standard itself are issued.

To put it another way (assuming that I correctly understand the process), the standard has been approved, but not ratified, and will not be ratified and made official until, probably, August or so.

On the bright side, this presumably means that MS's own ugly standards will face similar delays when they reach ISO. :)

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