NIST 'Conditional Approval' Vote for OOXML
NIST Votes for U.S. Conditional Approval of Office Open XML Standard
August 10, 2007.
[With Additional References]
The [U.S.] Commerce Department's National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has voted for conditional approval of a proposed international standard for open documents. The candidate standard, ISO/IEC DIS 29500, Office Open XML File Formats, sometimes abbreviated as "Office Open XML" or OOXML, is being fast-tracked by ISO/IEC (the International Organization for Standardization and International Electrotechnical Commission).
The OOXML describes its purpose in the following way: "OpenXML was designed from the start to be capable of faithfully representing the pre-existing corpus of word-processing documents, presentations, and spreadsheets that are encoded in binary formats defined by Microsoft Corporation."
XML stands for Extensible Markup Language. XML allows the sharing and manipulation of data across different computer platforms. XML is now incorporated in many standards, including ISO/IEC 26300:2006: Information technology — Open Document Format for Office Applications (OpenDocument) v1.0, which is often abbreviated as ODF.
"NIST believes that ODF and OOXML can co-exist as international standards," says NIST Director William Jeffrey. "NIST fully supports technology-neutral solutions and will support the standard once our technical concerns are addressed."
"As was the case with ODF, the final approved text of DIS 29500 will be the result of negotiations on technical and other issues submitted by ISO/IEC National Bodies during the present ISO/IEC fast track ballot," Jeffrey said.
NIST is a member of the InterNational Committee for Information Technology Standards Executive Board (INCITS EB), the body that will cast the U.S. vote on DIS 29500. INCITS serves as the U.S. Technical Advisory Group for ISO/IEC Joint Technical Committee 1 (JTC 1), which is responsible for international standardization in the field of information technology. The INCITS Executive Board is presently determining its vote and comments on the DIS 29500 fast track ballot, which closes on September 3, 2007.
In the absence of any non-resolvable substantive technical issue, NIST believes that the U.S. government should remain neutral with respect to technology and standards choices. The availability of a wide array of technologies and standards allows the U.S. government to best meet its information technology needs, while retaining the ability to exchange data.
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- INCITS Vote Tally for Letter Ballot INCITSLB2212. US National Body vote to APPROVE ISO/IEC DIS 29500, Information technology - Office Open XML file formats with comments.
- NIST comment on the vote — response of NIST to Letter Ballot INCITS 2212
- "Open XML Still Likely to Be Certified." By Scott M. Fulton, III. From BetaNews (August 13, 2007).
- "OOXML Approval Vote Fails in INCITS." By Andy Updegrove. From ConsortiumInfo.org Standards Blog (August 10 2007).
- "Microsoft loses key U.S. OpenXML vote." By Robert McMillan. From InfoWorld (August 10, 2007).
- "NIST Endorses Microsoft's Open XML in Upcoming Vote." By Martin LaMonica. CNet News Blog (August 10, 2007).
- "Not Enough INCITS Voters Recommend Microsoft OOXML to ISO." By Scott M. Fulton, III. From BetaNews (August 10, 2007).
- "U.S. org set to vote against Open XML's approval in ISO... this time. But INCITS insider believes a tweaked specification would win approval in '08." By Eric Lai. From Computerworld (August 11, 2007).
- "INCITS Admin Site - Vote Tally for ooxml with comments." By Peter Vandenabeele. Posting to OFD-Discuss List. August 11, 2007.
- "Microsoft one vote short of fast-track OOXML ISO standardization." By Ryan Paul. From ars technica (August 11, 2007).
- Earlier: "Microsoft: INCITS Standards Committee Will Approve Open XML." By Elizabeth Montalbano. From InfoWorld (July 25, 2007).
- Earlier: "INCITS Executive Board Considers U.S. Position for OOXML Letter Ballot." INCITS Press Release (July 23, 2007).
Prepared by Robin Cover for The XML Cover Pages archive.