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Open standards beat Microsoft 13 to 4

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Microsoft's plans of having its OOXML document format accepted as a national standard were thwarted by a conclusive vote against the move in a meeting yesterday.

The question that was put to vote was whether or not Microsoft's OOXML document format should be accepted as a standard by the South African Bureau of Standards (SABS). This was part of a larger, global move by Microsoft to get the format accepted as an international standard by the International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO).

Yvonne Ndhlovu of SABS, who acted as project leader for the local leg of the process, informed Tectonic that the votes amounted to 2 votes of yes, with comments; 2 votes of yes, without comments; and 13 votes of no, with comments.

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