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[News] [Rival] Microsoft Mastered the Art of Cracking ISO

  • Subject: [News] [Rival] Microsoft Mastered the Art of Cracking ISO
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 05 Sep 2007 02:38:26 +0100
  • Newsgroups: comp.os.linux.advocacy
  • Organization: Netscape / schestowitz.com
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How to Hack ISO

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| It is also interesting to correlate the votes against Transparency 
| International's Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI). The "old guard" JTC1 
| membership has an average score of 6.6 (higher is better), while 
| the "rejuvenated" newcomers have an average score of 3.7.   
| I suppose that no one should be surprised that Microsoft, which has been 
| stuffing committees at the national level throughout this ballot, would also 
| attempt the same at the JTC1 level. From what I have been able to determine, 
| NB's, never having sat in a single JTC1 meeting and never having joined a 
| single JTC1 technical committee, were able join as a P-members, in the last 
| hours of the OOXML ballot, simply by sending an email to ISO. This apparently 
| did not help Microsoft win approval for OOXML. It remains to be seen what 
| effect this will have on other JTC1 activities.       



Microsoft format fight with rivals to intensify

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| Pieter Hintjens, president of the Foundation for a Free Information 
| Infrastructure, a non-profit organisation that is campaigning against the 
| Microsoft proposal, said: "We've recorded fairly systematic manipulation of 
| the voting process. We've seen what amounts to vote-buying in Italy, 
| Portugal, Colombia, Spain. In Sweden and Denmark, much the same happened – 
| Microsoft paying their business partners to join the vote."     


P Country Upgrades Continue - as do Document Committee Signups as Well

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| Curiously enough, that subcommittee only had 23 members at the end of last 
| year, and additions had been few and far between (three in in all of 2005, 
| and only 2 in 2006). Now, it has 48 - in short, membership has more than 
| doubled in the past year. Moreover, all but 1 of these 23 new members has 
| joined since April - and 8 have joined thus far in August alone. But wait - 
| there's more....     
| And, by the way, here's another thing to note: SC 34 will also concern itself 
| with both the new version of the PDF standard that Adobe is moving through 
| the process. And it will also be the committee to consider Microsoft's rival 
| to PDF, which Microsoft calls the XML Paper Specification, when that 
| specification is inevitably submitted by - guess who - Ecma.    


The ISO/IEC Voting Process on OOXML Explained (and What Happens Next)

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| While I'm at it, I'll also explain in greater detail why the surge in 
| membership in SC 34 matters, and what will happen between now and the OOXML 
| Ballot Resolution Meeting (BRM) in Geneva, Switzerland in February 2008.  



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