SE: ODF made national standar…

SE: ODF made national standard in Sweden

25/09/2008

The Swedish Standards Institute (SIS) approved the Open Document Format (ODF) as a national standard, the ODF Alliance reported this week.

"Sweden now joins Brazil, Croatia, Italy, South Korea, and South Africa as countries whose national standards bodies have formal approved this standard", the ODF advocacy organisation writes in this week's newsletter.

The Swedish Standards Institute (SIS) approved the Open Document Format (ODF) as a national standard, the ODF Alliance reported this week.

"Sweden now joins Brazil, Croatia, Italy, South Korea, and South Africa as countries whose national Swedish Flagstandards bodies have formal approved this standard", the ODF advocacy organisation writes in this week's newsletter.

SIS press officer Erika Messing called the approval "routine". SIS was one of the national standardisation organisations that took part in the procedure at ISO to approve ODF, she said. "ISO approved it in 2006 and now SIS has made it a national standard."

Messing adds that all standards are voluntary to use. European standards are mandatory to implement as national standards but they are still voluntary to use.

SIS in 2007 also took part in the controversial ISO procedure on a competitor for ODF, Microsoft's proposal for electronic documents, OOXML. Sweden was one of the countries where irregularities took place in the OOXML procedure.

SIS CEO Lars Flink explains that in August 2007, SIS decided to abstain from voting on OOXML at ISO, after finding out some of the members in its OOXML committee had voted more than once. "Also, at the day of the vote, the SIS committee had also gotten between 25 and 27 new members, most of which were in favour of OOXML. At the time, our rules allowed such late-comers at the time. We have changed those rules."

Since April of this year, organisations that want to vote on standards  at SIS, must have been a member for at least three weeks, Flink says. "They must be a participant in the standard committee when we send out the documents, which is three weeks ahead of the vote."

Flink did not know how many of the organisations that joined the OOXML vote at the last minute were still members. "I know a number of them have dropped membership."

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