The member countries have had six months to consider if the Office Open XML (OOXML) format should become an ISO standard. In Sweden, SIS arranged a working group that have looked through the material. As you may know the OOXML format has been heavily criticized (by many e.g. Google (PDF)) for allowing embedding of closed Microsoft-specific objects in the document standard and thus making it difficult for non-Microsoft software to read OOXML documents.
Unfortunately, SIS is an organisation where anyone can become a member. Member organizations can send participants to a working group for a fee. The current rate is 17,000 SEK (~$2,500). The day before the vote that decided if SIS would say yes to OOXML in the ISO there were a couple of new members in the SIS/TK321/AG17 working group:
|Company name||Relation to Microsoft|
|Formpipe software||Microsoft Gold Partner|
|Cybernetics||Microsoft Gold Partner|
|Strand Interconnect||Microsoft Gold Partner|
|Cornerstone Sweden||Microsoft Gold Partner|
|Solid Park||Microsoft Gold Partner|
|Fishbode systems||Microsoft Gold Partner|
|KnowIT Sverige||Microsoft Gold Partner|
|Modul 1||Microsoft Gold Partner|
|IDE Nätverkskonsulter||Microsoft Gold Partner|
|Connecta||Microsoft Gold Partner|
|Camako Data||Microsoft Gold Partner|
|Sogeti||Microsoft Gold Partner|
|Tieto Enator Corp.||Microsoft Gold Partner|
And so, Sweden will be voting yes to make OOXML an ISO standard.
For more information see:
- Patrik Fälström’s post “Microsoft managed to buy the vote of Sweden in ISO?“.
- Dagens Nyheter (in swedish).
- Matusow: Open XML – The Vote in Sweden