Here is what you have to include in a message you deliver to your National Body:
Step 0: choose your country
Pick your country in the delegations list.
Step 1: cover letter
Sydney, August 2nd 2007
Subject: Public comments on DIS29500 (ECMA 376)
Dear Member of the Standards Australia,
DESCRIBE WHO YOU ARE, OR IF YOU WRITE IN THE NAME OF AN ASSOCIATION,
DESCRIBE THE ASSOCIATION HERE
To this regard, we would like to submit technical comments in the
light of the vote on the DIS29500 specification that should happen
before the end of the month.
You can find here attached an 10-pages explanation on why the standard
proposal does not fulfill the required criteria to be elected as an
ISO international standard. We have also compiled a list of nearly 200
comments in a table.
By reading the JTC1 directives, our interpretation is that it is
possible to vote no with comments if the specification presents
serious technical problems, and that it is not possible to have a
positive vote with technical comments. Furthermore, the G18 voting
form mentions that "If a national body votes affirmatively, it shall not
submit comments. If a national body finds the DIS unacceptable, it shall
vote negatively and state the technical reasons." In the light of the
numerous technical flaws of the specification, we hearty ask you to vote
no with comments to the ballot that will happen before the 2nd of
We also would be interested to participate in any meeting on the
topic, in order to explain the contradictions mentioned in the
President of Australiasoft
Step 2: Attach the technical comments in English
Attach the Set of 203 generic comments. Since the delegation of your country should submit technical comments in English to the ISO secretariat, it is required for them to communicate the comments in English. You can also translate the technical comments in your language, as it was done for the 93 technical comments in French.
Step 3: Attach the 10 pages introduction against OOXML
Step 4: Send them
You can send them by email for most countries, the best is to send them by email, require an answer that your submission has been well received, and double it by a phone call. For countries where email in unreliable, please use the fax followed by a phone call. You can also put in BCC: gro.iiff|lmxooon#gro.iiff|lmxooon.