Microsoft’s OOXML Rejected By ISO

The votes have been tallied and Microsoft’s broken Office Open XML draft standard has been rejected in the process (emphasis mine):

Approval requires at least 2/3 (i.e. 66.66%) of the votes cast by national bodies participating in ISO/IEC JTC 1 to be positive; and no more than 1/4 (i.e. 25%) of the total number of national body votes cast negative. Neither of these criteria were achieved, with 53% of votes cast by national bodies participating in ISO/IEC JTC 1 being positive and 26% of national votes cast being negative.

However, I am absolutely ashamed with how some Asian countries voted, in particular Malaysia’s cowardice action by abstaining to vote. Why do I call this a cowardly move? Because OOXML is clearly a broken implimentation; and is not worthy of becoming a recognised global standard… and we knew it from day one.

I can’t help but wonder if there’s some sort of chemistry happening between Malaysian politicians and Microsoft funds.

Other unbelievable supporters of OOXML include:

  • Australia: Abstained
  • Finland: Abstained
  • Germany: Approved with comments
  • Netherlands: Abstained
  • Singapore: Approved with comments
  • Switzerland: Approved with comments
  • USA: Approved with comments

Kudos to the amazing Microsoft lobbying machine!

5 responses to “Microsoft’s OOXML Rejected By ISO”.

  1. lordapprentice Says:

    Yea, i read about this as well. Didn’t realise Malaysia didnt vote on this. As usual, sitting on the fence. I wont be surpised if Malaysia always ‘obtains’ from voting on all this.

    On the flip side, Malaysia might have plans on getting Microsoft to step foot in this country, so voting against them deffinately won’t help this cause.

  2. suanie Says:

    hehehehe under pressure from yasmin mah 😉

  3. Site Admin Azmeen Says:

    suanie, it must been a hell of a “pressure” 😉

    lordapprentice, that’s the thing! Contrary to what many will think, this is not an anti-Microsoft post. I’m vehemently against OOXML purely because it’s broken. It’s as simple as that.Everything requires funding, so what? Does that mean for some monetary benefits, we will not vote against something that’s flawed?Microsoft should have focused more on addressing the concerns voiced by the standard bodies and improve on the proposed standard. Instead, they seem rather happier to use backdoor methods.

  4. doel Says:

    I agree with you Azmeen. It is unethical on the part of Microsoft to lobby the politician to reverse the decision of a professional committee.

    According to the International Herald Tribune Sept 4, 2007:
    “Although Malaysia’s Industry Standards Committee on Information Technology decided to vote against Microsoft’s proposed standard, the Malaysian government overruled the panel and abstained in the end.”

    It is Ok to adopt it as standard, I guess, if their code is deposited in the public domain.

  5. Site Admin Azmeen Says:

    doel,

    That’s the irritating thing. People who actually knows the science behind the proposed draft found it flawed; only to be bypassed by stupid politicians who probably thought that XML is some film categorisation for porno with medium to large actors.

    Again, my beef with OOXML is not because it’s by Microsoft, but because there are bugs in the spec that is yet to be fixed.

    Of course there’s the issue of Microsoft trying to steamroll OOXML into public adoption. But at the very least, they should at least make it worthy of being even a proposed standard in the first place.