Press Release: Microsoft pulls tricks to produce Swedish support for
the standardisation of its Office format
Please check the original version in Swedish for links and details on the vote
Second update: see also David Vuorio's blog for the exact vote results and further inside information
28 August 2007: about 20 Microsoft partners appeared in the final minutes of
yesterday's working meeting at SIS (Swedish Standards Institute) and
pushed through a majority for a SIS approval of Microsoft's new OOXML
file format as an ISO standard.
In meeting at SIS yesterday on the standardisation of Microsoft's OOXML
file format (i.e. in principle the file format used in Office 2007) 23
new companies suddenly appeared that had not previously participated in
the working group, a majority of these companies are Microsoft partners
From a clear NO-majority among the members, the result in the course of
just one day became a YES. The final result was 25 in favour, 6 against;
4 members left the meeting. This also means that the work with hundreds
of suggested corrections have been made void in one day; they will not
be forwarded to ISO in any form -- despite strong criticism against the
proposal from several significant parties. Among these, most had been
active since before, e.g. National Archives, The Royal Library and Sun,
all of which had submitted criticism on several points.
Jonas Bosson, Chairman of FFII in Sweden, comments: "SIS handling of
this is deficient to say the least -- despite knowing a great deal about
this problem already on Thursday they did not take any action. The
standardisation process is built on the principle of consensus, which
was very difficult to conceive of yesterday. It had been possible and
desirable for SIS to draw a clear line against these types of scenarios,
but regrettably they have chosen to support the recommendation of the
working group even under these circumstances."
The voting in the ISO (International Organization for Standardization)
member countries ends on 2 September.