Denmark changes OOXML vote to 'yes'
Denmark has decided to back Microsoft's Office Open XML document
format, reversing its previous disapproval and bringing the format
closer to fast-track approval by the International Organization for
According to a Friday statement on the website of Danish Standards (the
Danish equivalent of the British Standards Institution, or BSI), the
country's previous vote of "disapproval with comments" on the original
draft of the OOXML standard has now been changed to a vote of
The statement goes on to say that Danish Standards is changing its vote
because "the 168 Danish comments have been adopted as changes to ISO/IEC
DIS 29500 OOXML".
Denmark's change of vote enables OOXML to pass one of two criteria to
becoming a standard — that fewer than 25 percent of the large group of
bodies "observing" the process disapprove. However, OOXML is still three
short of the positive votes required amongst the 32 standards bodies
"participating" in the process. Some of these are wavering, however.
It is known that the technical committee advising Britain's BSI has
changed its recommendation, meaning Britain may also change its vote
from "no" to "yes". However, BSI has refused to say whether its
group will adopt a "yes" position, until after the deadline of midnight
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