[... After Microsoft's Corruption of the Whole Process]

Leaving Home for Good: It's Time for a Global Consortium Standards Organization

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| But bridges such as this have proven to be imperfect, and susceptible to
| abuse. Currently, SC 34, an ISO/IEC JTC 1 committee, is grappling with DIS
| 29500 — an ECMA developed standard based upon Microsoft's OfficeOpen XML
| specification. Many harried participants in the review process have expressed
| the view that the "Fast Track" program being used to propel the submission
| through the adoption process from start to six months was inappropriate for a
| specification that weighs in at more than 6,000 pages. Moreover, there have
| been widespread reports of disinformation, vendor pressure, and (in one case)
| even offers of financial reimbursement to business partners as incentives to
| join National Bodies in order to vote for approval.


A bit off topic, but:

U.K. government reveals its 'biggest privacy disaster'

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| The disc went missing and was not encrypted.


Who needs encryption? They ought to have just saved it as OOXML. Nobody would
be able to access the data. ;-)

Days ago:

Portugal will send Microsoft to the BRM

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| Microsoft, as president of the Portuguese Technical Committee, is already
| controlling who will be at the BRM for Portugal. The Head of Delegation will
| be... Microsoft!



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| Just yesterday I was sitting in the relevant meeting of SNV/UK14
| (http://www.snv.ch/), that decides how Switzerland will vote. The
| chairman (Hans-Rudolf Thomann) explained the following rules:
| - we are here to create standards, not to reject them
| - if we reach consensus (>=75%) to vote for Microsoft, we will vote
| * for Microsoft
| - if we only reach a majority (>=50%) to vote for Microsoft, we
| * will vote for Microsoft
| - if we reach a majority to vote against Microsoft, we will vote
| * for Microsoft
| - if we reach consensus to vote against Microsoft, we will abstain


Microsoft’s secretive standards orgs in Former Yugoslavia

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| Croatian laws keep its national body’s votes secret, so the only way for the
| Croatian public to find out how the process went would be if a board member
| illegally leaked information out of CSI. This is, of course, unlikely to
| happen. And the Serbian national standardization body is not officially
| formed, so those two votes were easy for Microsoft, and probably not only
| ones around the globe. * * *


Microsoft Tech Ed 2007: OpenXML

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| He was asked "Why did Microsoft push OOXML through the "Fast Track" process
| instead of the standard ISO process? Wouldn't they get less resistance than
| faced now?" *
| His response was very frank: "Office is a USD$10 billion revenue generator
| for the company. When ODF was made an ISO standard, Microsoft had to react
| quickly as certain governments have procurement policies which prefer ISO
| standards. Ecma and OASIS are 'international standards', but ISO is the
| international 'Gold Standard'. Microsoft therefore had to rush this standard
| through. Its a simple matter of commercial interests!" * *
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Evidence of Microsoft Influencing OOXML Votes in Nordic States

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| "This is how a standard is bought," Bosson wrote later. "I left the meeting
| in protest - pissed off."