At the beginning of the month I blogged about appeals lodged with ISO over its ratification of Microsoft’s crippled file format, OOXML. At the time, South Africa, Brazil and then India had all appealed the decision. Well now, it seems that Venezuela also lodged an appeal before the deadline passed.

I’ve just stumbled over a piece posted to ZDNet the day after my blog that offers a fairly comprehensive analysis of where the process is at present. Unfortunately, it’s beginning to look like ISO is going to pass the buck (pun intended) in perpetuity. The article ends thus:

“We maintain that the process is open and transparent,” said [Jonathan] Buck [director of communications for IEC]. “We do have specific directives under Joint Technical Committee 1 and at no time were processes not followed.”

The whole process is looks about as free and fair as the Zimbabwe elections.