Australia plans to adopt Open XML format

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Standards Australia, which represents Australia at the International Standards Organisation (ISO), plans to adopt the Office Open XML format standard as an International Standard.

Alistair Tegart, Program Manager from Standards Australia stated, if Australia adopts a Office Open XML format, then Standards Australia would be able to take that position to the JTC1 committee and vote accordingly. JTC1 is the name given to the ballot administered by the International Organization for Standardization and International Electrotechnical Commission on the decision to adopt the DIS 29500 Office Open XML format draft standard as an International Standard. Australia will participate in the international development process for the document and will remain in contact with the appropriate groups and individuals on the issue. Australia will still continue its work with the stakeholders. 

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