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!