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INCITS Executive Board Considers U.S. Position for OOXML Letter Ballot

INCITS Executive Board Considers U.S. Position for OOXML Letter Ballot

Contact: Jennifer Garner

Washington, D.C. – July 23, 2007 - The InterNational Committee for Information Technology Standards (INCITS) Executive Board met last week to discuss the U.S. position on the upcoming ISO/IEC JTC 1 letter ballot for Draft International Standard (DIS) 29500, “Information
technology - Office Open XML file formats”.

“The INCITS Executive Board has not yet determined the U.S. position on this ballot,” said Jennifer Garner, Director Standards Programs for INCITS. “In accordance with INCITS policies, details of board discussions are not public. However, the committee expresses appreciation for the large number of stakeholder inputs received and acknowledges that full and careful consideration of the comments will take some time.”

Garner added that the INCITS process to develop a finalized U.S. position will meet the international deadline of September 2, 2007.

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