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[News] European Commission Notes Denmark's Evaluation of Open Standards

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DK: Committee appointed to evaluate impact of Open Standards

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| The Danish government last Friday appointed five experts to evaluate the 
| implementation of Open Standards in the country. 
| The committee is part of a study requested earlier by the Danish Parliament 
| into the impact of Open Standards on competition. An second evaluation is 
| currently undertaken by the Danish Competition Authority.  


Stocholm and other Microsoft boosters will certainly fight this.


Danish Delegate Disputes OOXML Standard Vote

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| By voting to adopt a standard based on Microsoft's OOXML document format, the
| Danish national standards body has approved an unknown text against the
| wishes of the main representatives on its own technical committee, according
| to a technical committee representative from the Danish city of Aarhus. He
| has now made a formal complaint to Dansk Standard about the OOXML vote.
| The complaint came from Jens Kjellerup, IT manager at the City Executive for
| Children and Young People in Aarhus, who sat on the Dansk Standard technical
| committee that assessed adoption of the Microsoft format as an international
| standard by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO).
| [...]
| He also expressed surprise that in the first vote on OOXML in September,
| Dansk Standard voted "no with comments," backed by a unanimous vote of its
| technical committee, and then changed its vote to a "yes" in March --
| although the committee this time was full of disagreement.
| [...]
| He explained, however, that the consequence of complaints may be that the
| final approval could be delayed.


Municipal of Aarhus post a complaint to DS

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| The city of Aarhus has posted an official complaint to Danish Standards
| regarding the result of the Danish YES-vote.
| The complaint is regarding the fact that *all* non-profit votes in Denmark
| asked for a NO. Only commercial pro-Microsoft participants voted YES.


Software wars

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| Allegations of committee-stuffing, the outcome of votes overridden by
| political appointees, a final decision that many involved consider tainted:
| this may sound like a discredited election in some third world country. But
| it is actually a description of an ugly fight over international technical
| standards that wrapped up this week. Microsoft came out on top, but at the
| cost of tarnishing its reputation and the credibility of an important
| back-room process that oils the wheels of many global industries.      


Denmark: OOXML Vote Won't Affect Public Sector

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| Denmark's public sector will not be affected if Microsoft's latest file
| format is rejected or accepted by the International Organization for
| Standardization (ISO), a government official said Wednesday.  



OOXML News From Denmark

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| It appears that pressure was put on partners there as well, although
| Microsoft denies that was the intent.


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| Re: In Denmark, Microsoft has 2 out of 4 votes
| InzpektorInzpektor 18 Feb 2008, 15:20 BST
| The Danish delegation for the BRM will consist of:
|     * IBM
|     * Dansk Standard (the national standards body)
|     * Microsoft - Themselves!
|     * Microsoft Gold Certified Partner Ciber A/S
| So, I guess that means that the Danish votes are a tie. (Ofcourse with the
| national standards body being the joker here :-) )
| Reference:
| http://www.ds.dk/3537 (In Danish)


The Microsoft OOXML ‘Corruption Train’ Reaches Denmark

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| A committee from Danish Standardisation is going to decide whether to
| recommend a Microsoft standard as an open standard internationally. A
| majority in the committee have close connections to Microsoft, however….17
| out of the 31 members in the committee are so called Microsoft partners….The
| European interest organisation Foundation for a Free Information
| Infrastructure accuses Microsoft of influencing the decision process by
| asking partners to join the national decision committee.


Martin Bryan: we are getting “standardization by corporation”

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| A November informative report of Martin Bryan, Convenor, ISO/IEC JTC1/SC34
| WG1 highlights the fallout of the ECMA-376 fast-track process for ISO. He
| says he is 'glad to be retiring before the situation becomes impossible'
| [...]
| In what is an astonishingly outspoken report, Martin Bryan, Convenor, ISO/IEC
| JTC1/SC34 WG1 has given us insight into the total mess that Microsoft/ECMA
| have caused during their scandalous, underhand and unremitting attempts to
| get - what is a very poorly written specification {i.e. DIS 29500 aka OOXML,
| AR} - approved as an ISO standard. …


Dysfunctional ISO - Courtesy of Microsoft


Microsoft accused of stacking ISO committee

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| In a memo sent following his last meeting as head of the working group on
| WG1, which is handling Microsoft’s application to make the Word format an ISO
| standard as ECMA 376, outgoing Governor Martin Bryan (above), an expert on
| SGML and XML, accused the company of stacking his group.


EU Commission Investigating Microsoft's MSOOXML Push

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| I hope they think to investigate the smear campaigns that seem to always
| happen to anyone on the other side from Microsoft. What happened to Peter
| Quinn was by no means unique.

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