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Denmark Votes No with Comments to OOXML
Saturday, September 01 2007 @ 11:35 AM EDT

It's official. Denmark will vote no with comments on OOXML. Here is the press release. It's in Danish, of course, so here's something in English for you, Leif Lodahl's blog, where he says he just received an email from Danish Standards that the vote will be no with comments. 64 pages of them. And he lists a handy English to Danish translator, but that doesn't help us, so if you instead try the Danish to English page, you get confirmation that they believe the comments need to be addressed before OOXML is ready to be declared a standard. Of course, as Andy Updegrove pointed out yesterday, there has been a last-minute surge in new members on the subcommittee that will work on the comments.

We have a human translation now, thanks to Groklaw member The Pirate. Thank you!

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Office Open XML-document standard - Dansk Standard has cast Denmark's vote

Dansk Standard (the Danish Standard's institute) has on behalf of Denmark voted "No with Comments" to the proposed standard ISO/IEC DIS 29500 OOXML. This means, that DS will cooperate with the standards committee to approve Office Open XML as a ISO/IEC standard, if certain problems is addressed.

The ISO (International Standards Organization) proposal of the standard ISO/IEC DIS 29500 OOXML has been reviewed since last new year. The proposal is if Office Open XML ought to become a ISO/IEC standard. DS has as national standards institute just cast the vote for Denmark.

The treatment of the proposal has happened in a committee under DS, with 33 companies and organizations joining in. The IT & Telecommunications ministerial board has participated with status as an observer.

ISO/IEC DIS 29500 OOXML went through a public hearing in the spring, where it has been open for everybody to send in their comments. DS received 39 hearing comments.

The committee's finding

The committee has worked constructively, and through the late summer very intensely with -- amongst other things -- the hearing comments. The result of this was that the committee on a meeting the 24th of August in consensus agreed on a list of subjects for improvement of ISO/IEC DIS 29500 OOXML. The committee recommended to DS that these subjects are handed over to ISO. The committee did not conduct a guiding vote.

The vote of Denmark

DS has based the vote of Denmark on the consensus evaluation among the contributing parties, and the committee's recommendation. Denmark will in the following process work for an approval for ISO/IEC DIS 29500 OOXML, if the points of concern raised by the committee are addressed. With the vote 'No with comments' DS ensures the best starting point for the Danish wishes for the changes to the standard.

Further process

All national standards organizations must hand in their national vote and comments to ISO, at the latest by 2nd September 2007. The final decision if Office Open XML will become a ISO/IEC standard is expected to be made in a common meeting in Geneva on the 25-29 February 2008. In this meeting DS will participate as a part of a delegation that has been appointed by the standards committee. In the delegation, further members will be CIBER Denmark, IBM Denmark, Microsoft Denmark and the 5th magistrate of Aarhus commune (Children and Youth)

Further information

Jesper Jerlang, Vice director of DS
(email & phone number)


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