Swedish Institute of Standards nixes Microsoft-backed OOXML approval due to voting irregularities

“The Swedish Institute of Standards (SIS) has invalidated the vote that controversially approved the OOXML standard at a meeting this week,” Lucy Sherriff reports for Reg Developer.

“The organisation issued a statement saying that it had seen evidence suggesting one of the participants in the workgroup had broken the rules and voted with more than one vote,” Sherriff reports. “This procedural irregularity, and not any concerns over the merit of the OOMXL proposal, is the only reason behind the decision, the group said.”

“The vote at this week’s SIS workgroup meeting raised eyebrows across the open source community because a number of Microsoft partners – who had not been involved up to this point – registered at the meeting in time to offer their support to the Microsoft-backed OOXML standard,” Sherriff reports.

Full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Linux Guy And Mac Prodigal Son” for the heads up.]


  1. M$ will implement whatever their hearts desire. They always have. Now some dumb asses have decided to make it harder for M$ to get themselves into a position where they have publicly document what they do. For all we know M$ rat’ed on themselves when they realized that becoming part of a standard means documenting proprietary features of their flavor of the OOMXL standard. Regardless of the outcome…the M$ publicity machine will tell us how M$ was part of OOXML standards committee in Sweden when pushing Office 2007.

    Just my $0.02

  2. @ montex
    ah Switzerland is a different country than Socialist Sweden and the people are called Swedes’ not Swiss. Although Sweden is a very nice country I doubt that it’s Institute of Standards has a lot to say about world standards.

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