... and after the farce which was Microsoft's attempts to get OOXML accepted as a standard by whatever means necessary, the initial results are somewhat concerning.
After Underhanded attempts to blacken the reputation of one of the Standards NZ Advisors on the subject, and it seems various other nations such as Norway (where a formal complaint has been lodged), Switzerland, Malaysia and others have also been targeted. Sweden's was found to be null and void, not because of 'incentives' offered to voters who supported OOXML, but another irregularity in their proceedure. (!) Reports of subversion are rampant.
Jeff Waugh - an Open Source evangalist from Australia who was here for the NZ Open Source Awards last year, has blogged on how Australia have FAIL'd to get it right - by abstaining from the vote. They have concerns, but wouldn't commit... that doesn't really help us except to just muddy the waters further.
Standards NZ have maintained a 'NO' vote for the ISO submission but others, despite lobbying, appear to be changing their minds.
For an accurate story I do strongly recommend this LinuxJournal Article which runs down the situation fairly nicely. It's a fairly disturbing read, as it lays out plainly what MS appear to be trying to do: Get a 6000 page, overly complex and technically questionable standard accepted by ISO, to become the only outfit capable of meeting the 'standard', and then be able to use it as a selling point.
I do concur, what they've done to date is make themselves look even worse. The outfits who let themselves be blinded by MS's recent 'open source endorsements' really need to look slightly closer, and realise how two-faced it really is.
Disturbing. One has to wonder if Microsoft will succeed in winning, or simply helping themselves lose. Official results are due out in a couple of days.
EDIT: The results are in. Well done to Microsoft for turning the ISO into a farce. (And the countries that voted YES are obviously not thinking straight.)