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New doubts about ISO's fast-track standardisation of Microsoft OOXML

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| An internal document of the International Standards Organization (ISO) that
| found its way late last week on to the Wikileaks whistle-blower platform
| raises further questions about the choice of a fast-track certification for
| Microsoft's OOXML document format. The paper, by Joint Technical Committee
| No. 1 (JTC 1) of the Geneva standards organization, which dates back to July
| 2007, says the fast track procedure chosen for certifying Microsoft's
| document format is only intended for the acceptance of unaltered standards
| and that a standard not accepted in its original form, while not to be
| regarded as "2nd class" or illegitimate, should be put through the normal
| five-stage standardisation process, should necessary corrections be
| identified in advance. The fast-track process, it says, is intended for
| making changes to an original draft.


Update on ISO/IEC appeals regarding OOXML

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| I fully support Andy’s conclusions and the opinions of the process that he
| expresses in his article. While that process is not finished and though many,
| including the four appealing countries, have pointed how just how deeply
| flawed it is, the powers at be seem unwilling to admit that anything out the
| ordinary or inappropriate happened here. That’s a real shame, because it does
| not demonstrate to the world that these organizations are necessarily the
| right venues for IT (ICT) standardizations in 2008 and beyond.
| [...]
| As OOXML continues to move to being no more than a footnote in the history of
| IT standardization, I hope that ISO and IEC will ultimately stand up, admit
| that there were clear flaws here, fix the process quickly, and avoid fading
| into the background for those looking to create and use first class open IT
| standards in the twenty-first century.


JTC1 directives for decoration?

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| As you can see, Mr Bryden says it is irrelevant, trying to argue that the
| appeal is about something else. It looks like Mr Bryden don't want to read
| the JTC1 directives. Mr Bryden is just lobbying for the honor of its
| institution, and I really doubt the judges who will decide about the rules
| are really neutral either.


Watch the comments. This is quite a fiasco, but most of the world is asleep.

Microsoft OOXML: corruption of biblical proportions. Someone should write an
encyclopedia about it.


ISO Fantasy

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| What OOXML Is · The ISO process, brutal and corrupt as it was, has been
| * * * * * * * * ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
| covered to death by everyone. Its output, soon to be known as ISO/IEC 29500,
| differs from ECMA-376 in two ways. ¶
| [...]
| What Microsoft really wanted was that ISO stamp of approval to use as a
| marketing tool. And just like your mother told you, when they get what they
| want and have their way with you, they’re probably not gonna call you in the
| morning.


Computer experts stage street protest in Oslo against Microsoft document format
as standard

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| OSLO, Norway: Roughly 60 data experts staged a rare and noisy street
| demonstration in downtown Oslo on Wednesday to protest the adoption of
| Microsoft Corp.'s document format as an international standard and against
| Norway voting for the move.
| [...]
| He claimed the committee ignored the advice of the vast majority of the
| Nordic nation's software experts, was pressured by Microsoft and
| displayed "scandalous behavior."


OOXML triggers demonstration in Norway: "Let's throw OOXML out of ISO"


Demonstration outside ISO conference

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| Steve Pepper, the former Chairman of the Norwegian committee responsible for
| deciding the Norwegian vote on OOXML, is calling for a demonstration to take
| place outside the building where SC34, the ISO committee that has been landed
| with OOXML, is holding its spring plenary.
| The demonstration will take place outside Håndverkeren, Rosenkrantzgate 7,
| Oslo, Norway, on Wednesday April 9 at 12.00. Among the slogans are:
| * No to ISO approval of OOXML!
| * Defend the integrity of ISO!
| * Microsoft: Support ODF!
| * Ecma: Withdraw OOXML!
| * Norway must say no to OOXML!


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.

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