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[News] Father of XML Calls the OOXML ISO Process "Brutal and Corrupt"

How Microsoft Will Play the ISO Card

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| One of the arguments adduced in favour of making OOXML an ISO standard was 
| that it would place control of the former in the hands of an independent ISO 
| group, which was a much better situation than the present one.  
| Anyone who believes this has clearly learned nothing from Microsoft's history 
| of unremitting subversion of practically every independent standard it has 
| been involved with. Microsoft will continue to develop OOXML as it wishes, 
| taking only token notice of anything the ISO committee says. It will, 
| however, bask in the glory of the ISO approval (assuming it stands after the 
| various challenges currently being made to it), irrespective of the fact that 
| its own products won't support the standard properly.       



BE, NL: governments will not use ISO OOXML

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| Asked to comment on last week's ISO approval for OOXML, Fedict's chief IT 
| architect, Peter Strickx, said: "There will have to be multiple 
| implementations, in order for us not to become dependent on a single vendor. 
| It will also have to be compatible with open standards that we already use, 
| in this case Open Document Format ODF."    


DE: German Foreign Ministry will not use ISO OOXML

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| In the weeks prior to the second round of votes last September, 
| irregularities were reported in the standard committees in many participating 
| countries. These claims  continued until after the final discussion, in 
| February and March this year.   
| The European Commission has started an investigation into the allegations. 
| The Commission sent a letter to all EU national standards committees in 
| Europe, requesting information about the process. Sources at the Commission 
| declined to comment, as the investigation is on-going and no official 
| position has yet been adopted.    


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.      


Microsoft Plummets, Retail Falls While Beauty Gains in CoreBrand 2007 Brand
Power Rankings

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| The annual "CoreBrand Brand Power 100" Branding Index(R) of 1,200 US 
| corporations ranks Coca-Cola Company and Johnson & Johnson at #1 and #2 
| respectively, unchanged since 2004. Meanwhile, Microsoft's corporate brand 
| declined in stunning fashion over the past four years, falling from 11 in 
| 2004 to 59 in 2007 Microsoft, a decline of 48 places!    



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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