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ISO to TMB: Here Are the Appeals Against OOXML; They Should Be Denied

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| In short, it's all been a farce, in keeping with the rest of the OOXML
| processing. ISO thinks there not a thing wrong with the job they did on
| OOXML, they do not countenance criticism, and if we don't like it, we can
| lump it. Or, ISO has decided to go down with the ship. Anyway, stay tuned. It
| ain't over 'til it's over.


ISO TMB Recommends Rejection of OOXML Appeals

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| A final source of frustration is that despite the fact that one basis for
| appeal under the Directives is a negative impact to the reputation of
| ISO/IEC, the document makes almost no response at all to the comments made in
| this regard. Whether one concludes that ISO and IEC have justifiably or
| unjustifiably suffered such an impact, I think that it would be hard to
| conclude that a substantial hit has not been taken.
| In my view, ISO/IEC would be wise to acknowledge that fact, and take more
| intelligent actions to address it. Acting in the open (i.e., publicly
| releasing documents like this) and acknowledging that those that must live
| with the results of what ISO/IEC decides are entitled to better answers than
| they have received to date would be a great place to start.
| [...]
| At the end of the day, even winning an appeal is cold comfort after the time
| has been wasted by countless peole around the world, the marketplace has been
| confused, and the reputation has been tarnished.


I Sold Out (ISO).


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| Just yesterday I was sitting in the relevant meeting of SNV/UK14
| (http://www.snv.ch/), that decides how Switzerland will vote. The
| chairman (Hans-Rudolf Thomann) explained the following rules:
| - we are here to create standards, not to reject them
| - if we reach consensus (>=75%) to vote for Microsoft, we will vote
| * for Microsoft
| - if we only reach a majority (>=50%) to vote for Microsoft, we
| * will vote for Microsoft
| - if we reach a majority to vote against Microsoft, we will vote
| * for Microsoft
| - if we reach consensus to vote against Microsoft, we will abstain


Microsoft’s secretive standards orgs in Former Yugoslavia

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| Croatian laws keep its national body’s votes secret, so the only way for the
| Croatian public to find out how the process went would be if a board member
| illegally leaked information out of CSI. This is, of course, unlikely to
| happen. And the Serbian national standardization body is not officially
| formed, so those two votes were easy for Microsoft, and probably not only
| ones around the globe. * * *


Microsoft Tech Ed 2007: OpenXML

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| He was asked "Why did Microsoft push OOXML through the "Fast Track" process
| instead of the standard ISO process? Wouldn't they get less resistance than
| faced now?" *
| His response was very frank: "Office is a USD$10 billion revenue generator
| for the company. When ODF was made an ISO standard, Microsoft had to react
| quickly as certain governments have procurement policies which prefer ISO
| standards. Ecma and OASIS are 'international standards', but ISO is the
| international 'Gold Standard'. Microsoft therefore had to rush this standard
| through. Its a simple matter of commercial interests!" * *
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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."


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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