International Standards Organization (ISO) and the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) received appeals from three countries against Microsoft’s Open Office XML document (OOXML) format as an ISO/IEC International Standard. South Africa, India and Brazil are the three countries to protest the adoption of the new format.
OOXML is the default file-saving format of Microsoft Office 2007. The format is proposed for ISO standard for representing spreadsheets, charts, presentations and word processing documents.
South Africa expressed its protest against voting procedure. The ISO ratification is faulty, said South Africa last week.
Even Brazil and India have filed the same complains regarding the OOXML.
“By the deadline last night (Thursday), we had received three appeals, from Brazil, India and South Africa,” said Jonathan Buck, spokesperson for the International Electrotechnical Commission.
IEC and ISO are the two responsible for the technical committee that approved OOXML.