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Venezuela joins line appealing OOXML standard approval

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Venezuela has joined the list of countries that have lodged appeals against the adoption of an international standard based on Microsoft's Office Open XML (OOXML) file format.

The International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), one of two standards bodies responsible for the committee that approved the standard, is applying a generous interpretation of its rules to accept appeals.

Joint Technical Committee 1 of the IEC and the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) adopted the OOXML-based document format as a standard in a vote that closed on March 29, and the directives governing the work of JTC 1 say that appeals must be filed within two months.

On Friday, IEC spokesman Jonathan Buck said: "By the deadline last night, we had received three appeals, from Brazil, India and South Africa."

By Monday, though, the IEC had relaxed its interpretation of the directive: Venezuela's appeal, although filed after May 29, "was filed within the two months of the BRM [ballot resolution meeting] closing so that it is being accepted. (The BRM closed on 29 March 2008 so the interpretation is that the last calendar day of May is being applied)," Buck wrote in an e-mail.

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