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[News] [Rival] Memories of Microsoft's OOXML Frauds Return

  • Subject: [News] [Rival] Memories of Microsoft's OOXML Frauds Return
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 27 Nov 2007 08:52:26 +0000
  • Newsgroups: comp.os.linux.advocacy
  • Organization: Netscape / schestowitz.com
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Opinion: Einstein's definition of insanity...

,----[ Quote ]
| But ISO standards have a much more political dimension to them than Internet 
| (IETF) or World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) standards. Every country can vote,  
| although not all chose to do so. Over the past few weeks, some strange and 
| rather irregular national positions have come to light. My favourites were 
| Cuba voting "Yes" to the fast-tracking of OOXML, even though Microsoft is 
| prohibited by the US Government from selling any software on the island that 
| might even be able to read and write the new format, and Azerbaijan's "Yes" 
| vote, even though OOXML as defined isn't able to express a Web URL address in 
| Azeri, their official language.       


News From Hungary: A Followup Meeting of TC on MSOOXML Dec. 5

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| Do you remember the August meeting of the Technical Committee in Hungary over 
| whether to approve MS OOXML as a standard? It was one of the places where the 
| scandal-rocked ISO process bubbled up and over into headlines. In that 
| country, the issue was whether proper procedures were followed in the voting. 
| There is now a report and transcript of the meeting [PDF] in Hungarian, of 
| course, 27 pages long, which is now made public.     



Whither OOXML?

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| Strangely, however, Microsoft appears to be soft-pedaling its own standard. 
| At GOSCON last week there was a panel on document formats, with reps from 
| IBM, Sun, Adobe, and Microsoft present. Each of the company representatives 
| got to speak for five minutes and present his company's perspective on 
| document formats.    
| In his presentation, Matusow appeared to be backing away from OOXML as a key 
| technology. If you look at the slide he presented... 
| ...you can see that the positioning now is that the tool is key, and the 
| document format secondary, which, to my mind, is a bizarre assertion, 
| although it's one that aligns with a positioning that, above all, must keep 
| Microsoft's tools in a predominate position.   
| It appears to me that, having realized that the force-feeding of OOXML into 
| an international standards body is problematic, Microsoft is now trying to 
| present a soft TCO story which emphasizes sunk costs and pre-existing product 
| versions as a reason to stay on the Microsoft path, along with an 
| incomprehensible assertion that two document standards would be a good thing 
| (this last is the most oddball position of all; how can anyone state with a 
| straight face that the world would be well-served by having two incompatible 
| editable file formats?).        


Norbert Bollow starts OpenISO

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| What do engineers do when they observe a problem? They start a project to fix 
| it. A Swiss standard expert who got annoyed by the "Open XML bug" of ISO  
| procedures launched OpenISO.org. 


Critics Skeptical That Microsoft Will Be Able To Alter Vote On OOXML

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| "I don't believe the votes are later going to go in the other direction," 
| said Zemlin in an interview. Zemlin is sometimes criticized within Linux 
| ranks for his repeated admonition that Microsoft must be respected as a 
| competitor. But he was unsparing in his assessment of the ISO fast track 
| outcome.    


APEC and OOXML - both pointless and annoying

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| Making just as many headlines as George Bush's travelling circus has been 
| Microsoft's failed attempt to fast-track its OOXML document format to the 
| status of an ISO standard.  
| Both these events have been annoying and pointless. Neither has done anything 
| but generate a huge amount of FUD (fear uncertainty and doubt). 


OOXML is defective by design


Microsoft Loses, Spins Open XML Vote

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| ISO issued a statement that makes plain what Microsoft tried to spin as a 
| victory.  


Microsoft FUD Watch: OOXML Edition

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| Apparently, there is more than one way to stuff the ballot box.
| In all my years working as a journalist, I've never seen any technology 
| company spin information the way Microsoft did today. The press release on 
| OOXML ratification is a blueprint for spinning semantics, and the stringing 
| together of truths and half-truths to seemingly make the outcome of one event 
| something else altogether.     


Microsoft spins OOXML loss as a win

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| Microsoft lost its effort to win “fast track” approval of its OOXML (which it 
| calls Open XML)  as an international standard, but you wouldn’t know that 
| from reading much of the press coverage.  
|     * Microsoft claims global support for Open XML.
|     * Microsoft reports victory in preliminary ISO ballot.
|     * Microsoft takes big step toward OOXML approval.
|     * Microsoft is seen winning an international standard vote.   
|     * Strong global support for Open XML.


Lord, what fools these mortals be!

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| No kidding. Microsoft continues to steam-roll the competition, as illustrated 
| by its latest attempt to ram acceptance of OOXML through ISO by the blatantly 
| rigging the vote. And of course the European's really love Microsoft's 
| business practices. Not. No, Microsoft has the DoJ in their hip pocket thanks 
| to the "pro-business" stance of the Bush administration, and as long as 
| Bushites remain in power and the Democrats remain inept and impotent, it's 
| going to stay that way. Which leaves those of use who really believe in a 
| free and fair market to fend for ourselves.       


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