OOXML ISO aftermath in Poland

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| Tomasz Bednarski (Mandriva Poland) wrote a letter to PKN president, Tomasz
| Schweitzer, in which he expressed his concerns about the Polish OOXML
| ratification process which Bednarski took part of, as a member of the
| technical committee 182. We publish the translation of his letter and the
| response from Schweitzer.
| [...]
| So, it seems that the OOXML saga in Poland is far from over and there will be
| more proceedings in the nearest future, which we will pass to you as soon as
| we hear about them. Thank you for now.


Unconfirmed for now, but worth watching also:

Private deal to approve OOXML? More evidence surfaces

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| Circumstantial evidence is mounting of one or more private deals having been
| struck to approve DIS-29500 Office Open XML ("OOXML") as an international
| standard, a deal that may have played a role in several key national
| standardization bodies changing their voting position to approve OOXML.



Polish chairwoman distributes Microsoft propaganda

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| The Chairwoman of the polish Technical Committee has distributed
| documentation about the BRM authored by Microsoft. She has also changed the
| voting rules for the email ballot to "If you don't vote, it is counted as a
| YES", and she has threatened to sue committee members if they spread
| accusations. What a nice broken chairwoman they have in Poland.


"Abstain from voting"

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| Evil! "Abstain from voting" means no new vote will get submitted, so the
| September vote will be carried! In the case of Poland it was an approval vote
| for the OOOXML standard with comments attached. Yes, Poland felt it could
| support the approval of a standard candidate that got more than 2300 pages of
| dispositions of comments. And now the logic I fail to get is: if we fail to
| approve we do nothing and carry the previous approval vote. ISO procudures
| sometimes feel like a witch test.
| "Abstain from voting" != submission of an "Abstain" vote.


Possible manipulation around OOXML process in Poland

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| Just to remind you, on Thursday’s meeting 12 members voted for OOXML, 10
| members voted against it and 2 abstained from voting. As the consensus has
| not been achieved, Andrukiewicz decided that the voting should continue by
| e-mail and all the missing members should be allowed to vote. What she did
| not mention is that if the missing members fail to send her an e-mail with
| their stance, it will be automatically assumed they vote yes. This is one of
| the crazy rules of PKN process of opinioning new ISO standards.


Poland Fails to Approve OOXML; Chairman Decides Members Can Vote by Email 10
More Days - huh?

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| This is different. There is a report by Borys Musielak of PolishLinux.org
| that Poland met to vote on OOXML on Thursday. Of 45 members of the committee
| eligible to vote, 24 showed up to vote, and it split almost down the middle,
| with 12 for, 10 against and 2 abstaining. This is extraordinary, since Poland
| voted yes in September, despite the technical committee being opposed. I call
| that progress.
| But here is the worrying part: when it became clear that there was no
| consensus, and it was not going to be a Yes vote, the chairman "decided to
| allow the missing members to vote by e-mail during the next 10 days".
| What to make of a process that keeps reinventing itself as it goes along?


No consensus over OOXML in Poland, yet

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| Last Thursday PKN (Polish Normalization Committee) had a meeting on which it
| was supposed to come up with the decision concerning Polish recommendation
| for ISO/IEC DIS 29500 (OOXML) proposed standard. The common stance has not
| been acheived.
| [...]
| Yes, we do know a few more details concerning the process and the type of
| dirty politics that took place just before and during the meeting, but we are
| not going to releal it just yet, hoping that the chairman of KT 182 and the
| PKN itself makes a proper decision in the end (which is to abstain from
| voting as there has been no consensus about OOXML in KT).


Shenanigans Alleged on Road to OOXML Vote

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| The events leading up to the ISO's decision on OOXML can best be described as
| strange.
| Take the case of KT 182, the Polish technical committee responsible for the
| OOXML standardization process, as described on Groklaw: Chairperson Elzbieta
| Andrukiewicz was instructed that KT 182 should abstain from voting if a
| consensus was not achieved. Well, it wasn't, and she said the members who
| were absent could vote by e-mail E-Mail Marketing Software - Free Trial.
| Click Here. -- but if they didn't vote, she'd take their non-response as a
| yes. ¬* ¬* ¬*
| Later, when presenting the results of the ballot resolution, she showed a
| slide that claimed 98 percent of the OOXML issues had been resolved during
| the KT 182 meeting. ¬*
| When reminded this wasn't true, and told that the author of the PowerPoint
| file was Paul Pesch, platform strategy manager at Microsoft Netherlands, she
| threatened to sue anyone who repeated the assertion that Pesch was the
| author. ¬*
| That slide had been shown at another meeting, and one of the Brazilian
| delegates had complained about it. ¬*


ODF Alliance Hails Brazil, India, Italy, and Poland for Recognizing
OpenDocument Format

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| The OpenDocument Format Alliance (ODF Alliance), a broad
| cross-section of organizations, academia and industry dedicated
| to improving access to electronic government documents, today
| applauded Brazil's decision to recommend ODF as the government's
| preferred format; India's decision to use ODF at a major state
| government agency; and Italy's decision to recognize ODF as
| national standard.
| The Alliance also recognized Poland, too, for demonstrating serious
| interest in adopting ODF in the wake of a national meeting held for
| its government with broad participants from industry and non-profit
| agencies.


Poland against OOXML?

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| Polish Technical Committee no 171 has just voted 80% against the adoption
| OOXML as an ISO standard [PL].


Polish National Interoperability Framework promotes Open Standards

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| This basically means that Microsoft’s Office Open XML will not be
| treated as open standard, thus not preferred in Polish e-Government
| services, making OpenDocument Format the office standard of choice.


Poland says "Yes, with comments" to OOXML


Poland votes yes on OOXML

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| Several protests were sent already to PKN and TC 182 on behalf of: Free and
| Open Source Foundation, TC 171 members, Google Poland, IBM Poland, but I
| really doubt they will make the difference in Polish vote among ISO. The
| whole process was planned to the last minute so that there is not enough time
| to protest or make any changes. Although it is not as clear situation of
| vote-buying as in Sweden, it strikes me as something from typical Microsoft
| lobbying portfolio. ¬* ¬* ¬*