Now, the IBM-Sun Microsystems backed Open Document Format (ODF) alliance is asking questions from the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) technical committee on the choice of members.
The ODF alliance said that most of the private companies are choosing members either from Microsoft partners or companies having large businesses commitments with the IT companies. The panel will either select ODF or Microsoft's Open Office Extensible Mark Up Language (OOXML) as the standard for word processing documents. Now, Oracle and Internet giant, Google are also joined ODF alliance. Meanwhile, the deadline for submission of technical comments on Microsoft's Open Office Extensible Mark-up Language (OOXML) by respective parties has been extended from August 13 to August 17, 2007. The final voting is planned on August 23, 2007 in which members will be asked to vote against each format a `Yes' or `No'. Along with India, 123 countries have to vote on the issue to make one of the two formats an ISO standard by September 2, 2007.