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email@example.com (Rick Jelliffe) writes:
>There are no automatic yes votes for ISO standards, in the sense of a
>default yes vote (and I have been a voter) at the national level where
>it counts. (Indeed, it seems that even a few no votes might cause the
>ISO Secretariat to step in.) The lack of a vote from a country shows
>the lack of interest in a technology, which is not enough to stifle it
>(providing a quorum exists), which is as it should be.
This description was based on what I've heard in the hallways and
standards sessions at XML conferences and seen in the ISO votes I've
followed, mostly since the Sun/Java issues. I'd be curious to hear more
about cases where a few no votes led to secretariat intervention, as
well as how countries choose between abstention and voting yes. (I
suspect the latter varies according to country.)
This wasn't meant as a criticism of ISO, which seems lately to be in the
lead in many ways on process, openness, and innovation.
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