DIS 29500 Ballot Resolution Meeting
SC34 Secretariat Manager, Ken Holman has sent an email confirming the date and location of the DIS20500 Ballot Resolution Meeting :
A date and venue has been decided for the upcoming DIS 29500 Ballot Resolution Meeting: the venue is the International Conference Centre Geneva http://www.cicg.ch/en/index.php and the dates are Monday to Friday February 25-29, 2008. More information will be published about the BRM at a future date, but for those who need to make plans early, this is the scheduled date and location of the meeting.
According to his blog, the UK's Alex Brown, Technical Director of Griffin Brown Digital Publishing Ltd had written some time ago that he had been appointed as the convenor :
I have been appointed by the SC 34 secretariat as the convenor of the up-coming Ballot Resolution Meeting on OOXML (should it happen). As with UK standardisation I am sure the key to success will be an ultra-conscientious application of the rules. I have made the JTC 1 Directives my constant companion and am working with SC 34 colleagues to make sure my understanding of them is complete.
I have received commiserations from several people on this appointment, and am assured it will be a very stressful experience. However, right now, I am glad to be relieved of the responsibility of having, or expressing, a technical opinion on OOXML, and am looking forward to being a neutral administrator of the standards process ...
I hear that IBM is still telling national bodies that a BRM isn't guaranteed. I am unsure how IBM reached that conclusion but this seems to be concrete evidence to the contrary.