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Re: [News] Official International-level Complaint About Microsoft OOXML and ISO (from South African)

____/ bbgruff on Friday 23 May 2008 16:41 : \____

> Roy Schestowitz wrote:
>> The South Africa Bureau of Standards submits an official appeal to ISO
>> and IEC against OOXML
>> ,----[ Quote ]
>> | At least one National Body has submitted a formal complaint to ISO
>> | and IEC. South Africa was rather vocal about the Fast Tracking
>> | process of OOXML from day one.
>> `----
>> http://www.openmalaysiablog.com/2008/05/the-south-afric.html
> Ooops!
> Sorry about that - just posted the same thing!

Oh. :-) Twice can be better, unless it is Munchkin spew that's against the
charter anyway. It's not a contest. 

> Ah well, better twice than not at all, but better still to
> read-before-write?:-)

It can be hard, albeit depending on one's news reader and reading
habits/frequency. It's bound to happen. Let it.

> So what's happens next (procedure-wise)?

I'm just hoping that other countries will jump on this new boat and endorse the
complaint. Microsoft gave SA a lot of grief and Norway will be fighting along
with BECTA, Denmark's formal complaints, those who take the BSI to court, the
EU commission that studies the abuse in many countries (Germany, Poland, UK
and more). It was bound to happen. I knew about this last month.

At the end of the day, this looks bad for Microsoft. ISO stamp isn't granted
until 2 months of appeal are due (June 2nd). Denmark could extend the deadline
further. It's a case of uncertainty, which together with the ODF announcement
will leave people confused. Well, until ISO gets some good toppling anyway...

> Does this mean that the appeal has to be resolved at least before OOXML
> is actually approved?

The whole thing is a big mess. With the EU still investigating the stuffing,
the whole legitimacy of the process is in the gutter. In fact, OOXML's BRM
convenor took a little spit on the process a few days ago, saying they need to
start from scratch.

Microsoft ruined ISO. Maybe it serves it well.

                ~~ Best of wishes

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