Where are we now?
During the initial vote in September, the National Bodies (who are members of ISO) voted not to approve OOXML as a standard. However, they gave Microsoft and ECMA (European Computer Manufacters Association) a chance to resolve the National Bodies' concerns with the documentation. These concerns were issued to Microsoft and ECMA in the form of 3,000 "comments". Microsoft and ECMA submitted their responses to the comments to ISO in January. Some of the comments and the responses were discussed by delegates from the National Bodies during a Ballot Resolution Meeting that ended February 29 in Geneva. Now, the National Bodies have 30 days to vote on whether or not OOXML becomes an approved ISO standard. March 29, 2008 is the deadline for votes to be submitted.Full story »