Reports: Malaysia unmoved in OOXML vote

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| Minister ignored objections
| According to Open Malaysia, the Malaysian Industrial Standards Committee for
| IT (ISC-G) took a vote on Mar. 27 to decide the country's stance on the
| OOXML-ISO vote, with 13 disapprovals, five abstentions and only three
| approvals.
| By eventually taking the decision to abstain in the OOXML ISO ballot, Maximus
| Ongkili, who is two weeks into the job as Minister of Science, Technology and
| Innovation--following the country's Mar. 8 general elections--appeared to
| have ignored the ISC-G's majority "disapprove" vote.

Can AFNOR really change the OOXML vote to "abstain"?

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| Having participated within the responsible technical committee of the Swiss
| Association for Standardization and considering the decision-making process
| that has been used to be unsatisfactory, I find it interesting to look at how
| things have been handled in other countries, in order to see what can be
| learned from that. I plan to focus my attention in this regard on countries
| where the primary language is German, English or French, so that I will be
| able to understand any relevant documents which might become available to the
| public or personally to me.

Microsoft's ISO win may worsen its antitrust woes

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| Microsoft may have won a year-long quest to make its OOXML (Office Open XML)
| document format an ISO-recognized international standard, but claims of foul
| play in the voting process may come back to haunt the software giant when the
| European Commission concludes its latest antitrust investigation of
| Microsoft's business practices.


Sarkozy intervenes in France to revert the OOXML position

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| Confidential sources say that President Sarkozy has intervened himself in the
| French position on Microsoft OOXML, asking members of the committee to revert
| their position, and support an abstention. Our sources say he was approached
| by a lobbyist during his 3-days trip in England. The intervention has been
| made on Friday. * *

Days ago:

The France Shift From No to Abstain -- HP helped Microsoft France do it

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| Here's the scoop from Les on France's sudden change from its No vote
| to Abstain. Microsoft France's President Eric Boustouller sent AFNOR a
| letter [PDF] in French, of course. He tells a tale about OOXML and ODF
| progressing side by side and how if OOXML is approved, a group will be
| working hard to make the two more interoperable. Attached was a an HP
| statement of support for OOXML. HP sings the same song. And AFNOR?
| [...]
| Could it be any more cynical? So, now we know that HP is not supportive of
| Linux and FOSS as we thought. Knock me over with a feather. So, they got them
| to change on the basis of promises for the future. I'm sure there's more to
| the story, of course.