THE ISO BALLOT to approve Adobe's PDF 1.7 as the ISO 32000 standard passed by an overwhelming vote.
The overall balloting was thirteen to one with one abstention for a 93 per cent approval and 7 per cent disapproval. Under ISO ballot rules, the vote required a two-thirds positive majority and not more than one-quarter negative minority for approval.
Nine countries voted Yes without comments: Australia, Bulgaria, China, Japan, Poland, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, and Ukraine. Four countries voted Yes with comments: Germany (11), Switzerland (19), UK (13), and USA (125). Only France voted No, with 37 comments, and Russian abstained.
James King of Adobe will serve as technical editor for the international working group meeting in late January to resolve all 205 comments. If all comments are resolved satisfactorily during that meeting, the revised document will published immediately. If they are not, there will be another two-month balloting period, after which the standard will be accepted if it receives no more negative votes.
Apparently ISO has resolved the international standards approval bottleneck that ensued after a number of countries had applied for participating member status just before the vote on Microsoft's proposed OOXML document standard. That problem came up when all those new "participating" member countries suddenly lost interest in, er... participating anymore after the vote on OOXML. µ
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