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Tux Machines (TM)-specific
An attendee, Lee Welburn, at the meeting yesterday in Australia regarding whether or not to approve OOXML as an ISO standard has sent me his notes. I am publishing them as is, without any editing except for making urls clickable, so keep in mind that these are notes taken live.
The main points I get from his notes are:
1. Australia will probably go Yes with Comments, which isn't the same as No with comments. No with comments is what you choose for "conditional approval", if you have problems with issues you think need to be resolved before it should be accepted. Yes with comments is, as one person told the room in Australia, Yes with a Christmas card.
2. Australia Standards is still asking for comments from the public until August 21st, so it's not too late to express yourself if you wish to.
3. Microsoft has a well-organized PR push at these events, with the ever-present Rick Jelliffe and in this case a representative from CompTIA claiming its members want a Yes vote, which will not surprise you. But in this case, CompTIA apparently was called out by the IBM representative, who pointed out that IBM is a member of CompTIA and does *not* approve of OOXML.
4. Google was there. Sun was not.