Freaky Format

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| Alex Brown's little test report was must read for me but I did not found it
| really newsworthy. Alex Brown, convener of the BRM, validated existing
| Microsoft 2007 files against the OOXML schema and generated 200 000(hu!)
| invalidity messages. His objective, despite curiosity, may have been to show
| how much the ISO process changed the format.
| Why did I ignore the story? Because it was known to us that ECMA OOXML was
| not identical with the Microsoft 2007 format which comprises "tags not found
| in the spec", a viral phrase. Or OOXML burnout? Or because you lose respect
| for an impartial BRM chairman who consults the British Library and supports

DC Circuit Ct of Appeals: Deceit Doesn't in Itself Constitute Monopolization

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| I hope this gets appealed. To hear a court uphold deceit as a concept is...
| disturbing. And I'm sure you can imagine the damage that will ensue if this
| stands. There are sufficient threats to the integrity of the standards
| process already, without endorsing deceit by monopolists. The damage that
| flows from allowing software patents to issue continues to mount. And then
| there is the idea of patents on a standard.


BE, NL: governments will not use ISO OOXML

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| Asked to comment on last week's ISO approval for OOXML, Fedict's chief IT
| architect, Peter Strickx, said: "There will have to be multiple
| implementations, in order for us not to become dependent on a single vendor.
| It will also have to be compatible with open standards that we already use,
| in this case Open Document Format ODF." ¬* ¬*

DE: German Foreign Ministry will not use ISO OOXML

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| In the weeks prior to the second round of votes last September,
| irregularities were reported in the standard committees in many participating
| countries. These claims ¬*continued until after the final discussion, in
| February and March this year. ¬*
| The European Commission has started an investigation into the allegations.
| The Commission sent a letter to all EU national standards committees in
| Europe, requesting information about the process. Sources at the Commission
| declined to comment, as the investigation is on-going and no official
| position has yet been adopted. ¬* ¬*


Software wars

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| Allegations of committee-stuffing, the outcome of votes overridden by
| political appointees, a final decision that many involved consider tainted:
| this may sound like a discredited election in some third world country. But
| it is actually a description of an ugly fight over international technical
| standards that wrapped up this week. Microsoft came out on top, but at the
| cost of tarnishing its reputation and the credibility of an important
| back-room process that oils the wheels of many global industries. ¬* ¬* ¬*

Microsoft Plummets, Retail Falls While Beauty Gains in CoreBrand 2007 Brand
Power Rankings

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| The annual "CoreBrand Brand Power 100" Branding Index(R) of 1,200 US
| corporations ranks Coca-Cola Company and Johnson & Johnson at #1 and #2
| respectively, unchanged since 2004. Meanwhile, Microsoft's corporate brand
| declined in stunning fashion over the past four years, falling from 11 in
| 2004 to 59 in 2007 Microsoft, a decline of 48 places! ¬* ¬*


Martin Bryan: we are getting ‚Äústandardization by corporation‚ÄĚ

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| A November informative report of Martin Bryan, Convenor, ISO/IEC JTC1/SC34
| WG1 highlights the fallout of the ECMA-376 fast-track process for ISO. He
| says he is 'glad to be retiring before the situation becomes impossible' ¬*
| [...]
| In what is an astonishingly outspoken report, Martin Bryan, Convenor, ISO/IEC
| JTC1/SC34 WG1 has given us insight into the total mess that Microsoft/ECMA
| have caused during their scandalous, underhand and unremitting attempts to
| get - what is a very poorly written specification {i.e. DIS 29500 aka OOXML,
| AR} - approved as an ISO standard. ‚Ķ ¬* ¬*

Dysfunctional ISO - Courtesy of Microsoft

Microsoft accused of stacking ISO committee

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| In a memo sent following his last meeting as head of the working group on
| WG1, which is handling Microsoft’s application to make the Word format an ISO
| standard as ECMA 376, outgoing Governor Martin Bryan (above), an expert on
| SGML and XML, accused the company of stacking his group. ¬*

EU Commission Investigating Microsoft's MSOOXML Push

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| I hope they think to investigate the smear campaigns that seem to always
| happen to anyone on the other side from Microsoft. What happened to Peter
| Quinn was by no means unique. ¬*