Microsoft wants National Bodies to wear blinders

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| I’ve participated in many standards meetings. Never have I seen issues being
| segregated by their origin. Once issues are raised they all end up in the
| same pool for everybody to consider, regardless of their origin. And then
| when a resolution is proposed everybody gets to express his or her opinion on
| it, not just the people who raised the issue. This is simply because
| everybody’s interest is in the standard as a whole, not just particular
| sections of it.
| The fact that it’s an impossible task for countries to merely read about all
| the issues that were raised and their associated proposed dispositions only
| proves, once more, that the fast track process is totally inappropriate for

"We should dedicate a cross-group team to come up with ways to leverage Windows
technically more."

--Jim Allchin, Microsoft


Corrupt countries were more likely to support the OOXML document format

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| Is this just a random coincidence? The median of the CPI index of the above
| mentioned 70 countries is 3.95. Of the most corrupted half (CPI index less
| than 3.95) 23 or 77% voted for approval (approval or approval with comments)
| and 7 or 23% for disapproval; 5 abstained. Of the least corrupted half (CPI
| index more than 3.95) 13 or 54% voted for approval and 11 or 46% voted for
| disapproval; 11 abstained - see the table below.

Microsoft accused of more OOXML standards fiddling

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| However the 11 new countries are refusing to say how they will vote. These
| include Cote d'Ivoire, Cyprus, Ecuador, Jamaica, Lebanon, Malta, Pakistan,
| Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey, Uruguay and Venezuela. Most people seem to think
| that these have been put there by Vole to make sure the standard gets pushed
| through.