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.
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 |
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