Commentary: ISO should kick OOXML off the standards bus

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| Features such as the Microsoft Office OOXML file format with DRM, Sharepoint
| tags, passwords, reliance on Devmode (a method Windows uses for handling
| information about printer or display settings), GUID (a proprietary Microsoft
| Windows and .Net implementation of the UUID standard for applications to
| coordinate and identify resources within an operating system), migration
| tags, VBA macros, and other hidden system dependencies effectively prevent
| competing applications and even other operating systems from achieving full
| interoperability, while at the same time tying OOXML files to a Microsoft
| environment.
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http://www.linux.com/feature/125630

The people at the BRM are just "Microsoft zombies" and even Microsoft employees
that 'respresent' entire nations. Corruptions galore!


Related:

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."
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http://www.betanews.com/article/Evid...tes/1188335569


http://www.dn.se/DNet/jsp/polopoly.jsp?d=147&a=686119


Microsoft Memo to Partners in Sweden Surfaces: Vote Yes for OOXML - Updated

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| He acknowledges that the rules might need to be changed.
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http://www.groklaw.net/article.php?s...70829070630660


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.
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http://www.effi.org/blog/kai-2007-09-05.en.html


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.
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http://www.theinquirer.net/default.aspx?article=42106