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Microsoft clueless about the standardisation process, do not regret committee
stuffing

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| Microsoft admits they were a bit clueless about the standardisation process,
| but they do not regret having stuffed the committees at the same time.
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http://www.noooxml.org/forum/t-69678...ittee-stuffing
http://tinyurl.com/5sqef4

They have prior experience, as Bruce Perens wrote yesterday, but they try to
act dumb, knowing what they have done (corrupted ISO).


Recent:

Has OOXML Broken the British Standards Institution?

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| That the BSI, long the quintessence of standards in this country, should see
| itself dragged through the courts over something as apparently minor as a
| document standard, is truly an extraordinary development. But of course it is
| not a minor issue: at stake is the question of how something as central to
| technology and business as standards should be decided. Unless people have
| complete confidence in the process, the end-result will be deemed worthless –
| truly, little more than a “rubber-stamping”. * * *
|
| A good start along the road of bolstering confidence would be making the
| standards-setting process completely open, which currently it is not. The
| practice of voting on an open standard behind closed doors borders is simply
| not justifiable in the age of the Internet and of increasing openness in
| general. And as the UK government loves to remind us: if you have nothing to
| hide, you have nothing to fear.... * * *
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http://www.computerworlduk.com/commu...=753&blogid=14


Brazil and India lodge appeal against ISO standardisation of OOXML

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| The German standards institute, the Deutsches Institut für Normung (DIN),
| which despite reported voting irregularities, voted for OOXML, has yet to
| form its opinion on the appeals. A spokesperson told heise online that a
| majority of the steering committee of the IT and Applications Standardisation
| Committee (NIA) has recognised that there has been a serious breach of JTC 1
| and ISO rules. He stated that this is also the position of the DIN as a
| whole. At the same time, however, the conclusion has been reached that the
| rules for the fast-track procedure need to be amended, as documents of the
| scope of ISO/IEC 29500 can hardly be dealt with within the current framework.
| According to the spokesperson, the DIN has initiated corresponding
| discussions in Geneva.
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http://www.heise-online.co.uk/news/B...OOXML--/110845


Denmark Backs Up the OOXML Outrage

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| So far, South Africa and Brazil have lodged formal appeals with the ISO,
| while several other countries are battling it out against their national
| standards bodies via their national governments. Jacob Holmblad — the Dansk
| Standard Director/ISO Vice President — told Computerworld that he will be in
| Geneva next week, and expects to see the issue addressed while he is there.
| Something tells us, however, that it will be a long, long time before we
| finally see the OOXML debacle truly addressed.
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http://www.linuxjournal.com/content/...-ooxml-outrage


Related:

Martin Bryan: we are getting “standardization by corporation”

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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. …
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http://www.noooxml.org/forum/t-30107...by-corporation


Dysfunctional ISO - Courtesy of Microsoft

http://opendotdotdot.blogspot.com/20...microsoft.html


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.
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http://blogs.zdnet.com/open-source/?p=1777
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