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Re: [News] OpenDocument Format (ODF) Find Glory in Europe

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Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> espoused:
> Where ODF stands in the EU
> ,----[ Quote ]
>| Even without a decision of recommendation from the Commission, ODF
>| seems the clear leader amongst document formats, as confirmed by
>| Held's statement in its favour.
> `----
> http://www.newsforge.com/article.pl?sid=06/10/20/1621200

The RAND in so-called standards was at the direct result of strong
pressure from the US Government and US companies.  RAND has no place in
open-standards at all, and should be removed, as it is typically neither
reasonable nor is it non-discriminatory.  Far from it - it's a specific
tool for engaging customers in underhanded vendor lock-in tactics.

It would appear that we need a /new/ standardisation body, which is
truly open, like the ITU used to be, and doesn't accept patented works
of any kind, like the ITU used to be.

That way, we have a fighting chance of getting standards which are truly
open, unencumbered by patents of any kind, and available to all.

I can't recall the ETSI position on RAND, but I suspect it adopted the
same model as the ITU, at about the same time, due to pressure from the
same foreign country, and subsidiaries of foreign companies in Europe.

| Mark Kent   --   mark at ellandroad dot demon dot co dot uk  |
During the voyage of life, remember to keep an eye out for a fair wind; batten
down during a storm; hail all passing ships; and fly your colors proudly.

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