"Dear boy, next time why not try acting?" I'm reminded of this line as well when I witness Microsoft's machinations in JTC1, as they attempt to get OOXML approved. They are mounting an enormous offensive and expending great sums of money to convince ISO members that this specification is an acceptable ISO standard. Someone needs to ask, "Dear boy, next time why not try engineering?" Instead trying to force this ill considered mess through ISO (causing a great deal of collateral damage in the process), why not take your great base of engineering talent and produce a standard that is not loaded with thousands of errors?
First I was unbiased. Then I read the specification.
In my opinion, the YES-voting countries are not reading the OOXML specification, are making a pure political decision or simply don’t have a standardization process.