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[News] [Rival] Standards Expert Gives up Hope and Loses Faith in ISO...

  • Subject: [News] [Rival] Standards Expert Gives up Hope and Loses Faith in ISO...
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 22 Nov 2007 02:35:21 +0000
  • Newsgroups: comp.os.linux.advocacy
  • Organization: Netscape / schestowitz.com
  • User-agent: KNode/0.10.4
[... After Microsoft's Corruption of the Whole Process]

Leaving Home for Good: It's Time for a Global Consortium Standards Organization

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| But bridges such as this have proven to be imperfect, and susceptible to 
| abuse. Currently, SC 34, an ISO/IEC JTC 1 committee, is grappling with DIS 
| 29500 — an ECMA developed standard based upon Microsoft's OfficeOpen XML 
| specification. Many harried participants in the review process have expressed 
| the view that the "Fast Track" program being used to propel the submission 
| through the adoption process from start to six months was inappropriate for a 
| specification that weighs in at more than 6,000 pages. Moreover, there have 
| been widespread reports of disinformation, vendor pressure, and (in one case) 
| even offers of financial reimbursement to business partners as incentives to 
| join National Bodies in order to vote for approval.         


A bit off topic, but:

U.K. government reveals its 'biggest privacy disaster'

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| The disc went missing and was not encrypted.


Who needs encryption? They ought to have just saved it as OOXML. Nobody would
be able to access the data. ;-)

Days ago:

Portugal will send Microsoft to the BRM

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| Microsoft, as president of the Portuguese Technical Committee, is already 
| controlling who will be at the BRM for Portugal. The Head of Delegation will 
| be... Microsoft!  



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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!"     
`----            ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^


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." 


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