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National Standards Bodies appeal against ISO/IEC DIS 29500.

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June 13, 2008 - Four national standards body members of ISO and IEC - Brazil, India, South Africa, and Venezuela - have submitted appeals against approval of ISO/IEC DIS 29500, Information technology - Office Open XML formats, as an ISO/IEC International Standard. Appeals are being considered by ISO Secretary-General and IEC General Secretary who, within 30 days, are required to submit appeals, with their comments, to ISO Technical Management Board and IEC Standardization Management Board.

American National Standards Institute - New York, NY

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Four National Standards Bodies Appeal Against Approval of ISO/IEC DIS 29500

Press release date: June 9, 2008

Four national standards body members of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) - Brazil, India, South Africa and Venezuela - have submitted appeals against the recent approval of ISO/IEC DIS 29500, Information technology - Office Open XML formats, as an ISO/IEC International Standard. In accordance with the ISO/IEC rules governing the work of their joint technical committee ISO/IEC JTC 1, Information technology, the appeals are currently being considered by the ISO Secretary-General and the IEC General Secretary who, within a period of 30 days (to the end of June), and following whatever consultations they judge appropriate, are required to submit the appeals, with their comments, to the ISO Technical Management Board and the IEC Standardization Management Board. The two management boards will then decide whether the appeals should be further processed or not. If they decide in favour of proceeding, the chairmen of the two boards are required to establish a conciliation panel which will attempt to resolve the appeals. The process could take several months. According to the ISO/IEC rules, a document which is the subject of an appeal cannot be published as an ISO/IEC International Standard while the appeal is going on. Therefore, the decision to publish or not ISO/IEC DIS 29500 as an ISO/IEC International Standard cannot be taken until the outcome of the appeals is known.

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