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Not very appealing: ISO/IEC kicks out appeals

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| It is evident to me that the appeal voting is highly vulnerable to 
| manipulation when you have to get a 2/3 majority. The voting was not even on 
| the substance of the appeals but on "further processing" them and I am not 
| aware of any "further processing" formality decision requirement. A 2/3 
| majority rule always means that one option is favoured in advance. In ISO and 
| national bodies it is common for processing of specifications where the bias 
| is usually towards adoption. Do you need a 2/3 majority for "processing 
| further" the appeal or "rejecting it before consideration"? You get the 
| point. At times you vote until you get the wanted results. A friend of mine 
| was furious about the ISO/IEC decision and asked himself similar questions:         
|     Where is it written that it is needed a support of 2/3 to process an 
|     appeal? This could be considered a humiliation for the countries that 
|     have summitted the appeals.  
| Looks like the ISO/IEC procedural rules and their interpretation offer great 
| surprises again. Or as a more devilish commentator suggested 
|     It is an elegant abuse of newly invented rules to justify the abuse of 
|     previous rules. You have to admire the way it even sounds democratic… 
| [...]
| This is not the end
|     The NB concerned may appeal this decision to the Councils.
| I am curious if that would happen. The effects are described by the ISO press 
| release 
|     According to the ISO/IEC rules, DIS 29500 can now proceed to publication 
|     as an ISO/IEC International Standard. This is expected to take place 
|     within the next few weeks on completion of final processing of the 
|     document, and subject to no further appeals against the decision.   
| Effectively it would make a lot of sense for National Bodies to do it.



UPDATE - Countries may follow South Africa in appealing Microsoft-sponsored
OOXML standard: ISO

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| According to ISO spokesman Roger Frost, "Because the period for receipt of
| appeals remains open until the end of May, ISO will communicate on the next
| steps in early June, when it knows whether any other national bodies are
| appealing."


South Africa appeals against OOXML, call your Standards Body now!

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| The South African Standards Body SABS have lodged an appeal at ISO against
| the awful fast-track process of DIS29500, or Microsoft Office OpenXML. Please
| call your national Standards Body and ask them to support this complain. You
| have only 7 days because the deadline is 30 May, 2 months after the ISO vote.
| Steve Pepper, being so disgused about the intervention of a Norwegian
| bureaucrat reverting the decision of the Norwegian Technical Committee, is
| pointing at the fact that this person is also member of the ISO Technical
| Management Board (TMB), who will decide on the future of this appeal. I hope
| we will have some transparency on who is deciding what inside ISO on this
| appeal. It is time for ISO to clean up its stables, they have not been
| cleaned for several years, and they are getting dirty and smelly.


The South Africa Bureau of Standards submits an official appeal to ISO and IEC
against OOXML

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| 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.



ISO Fantasy

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| What OOXML Is · The ISO process, brutal and corrupt as it was, has been
|                 ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
| covered to death by everyone. Its output, soon to be known as ISO/IEC 29500,
| differs from ECMA-376 in two ways. ¶  
| [...]
| What Microsoft really wanted was that ISO stamp of approval to use as a
| marketing tool. And just like your mother told you, when they get what they
| want and have their way with you, they’re probably not gonna call you in the
| morning.  


Computer experts stage street protest in Oslo against Microsoft document format
as standard

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| OSLO, Norway: Roughly 60 data experts staged a rare and noisy street
| demonstration in downtown Oslo on Wednesday to protest the adoption of
| Microsoft Corp.'s document format as an international standard and against
| Norway voting for the move.
| [...]
| He claimed the committee ignored the advice of the vast majority of the
| Nordic nation's software experts, was pressured by Microsoft and
| displayed "scandalous behavior."


OOXML triggers demonstration in Norway: "Let's throw OOXML out of ISO"


Demonstration outside ISO conference

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| Steve Pepper, the former Chairman of the Norwegian committee responsible for
| deciding the Norwegian vote on OOXML, is calling for a demonstration to take
| place outside the building where SC34, the ISO committee that has been landed
| with OOXML, is holding its spring plenary.
| The demonstration will take place outside Håndverkeren, Rosenkrantzgate 7,
| Oslo, Norway, on Wednesday April 9 at 12.00. Among the slogans are:
| * No to ISO approval of OOXML!
| * Defend the integrity of ISO!
| * Microsoft: Support ODF!
| * Ecma: Withdraw OOXML!
| * Norway must say no to OOXML!


Shenanigans Alleged on Road to OOXML Vote

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| The events leading up to the ISO's decision on OOXML can best be described as
| strange.
| Take the case of KT 182, the Polish technical committee responsible for the
| OOXML standardization process, as described on Groklaw: Chairperson Elzbieta
| Andrukiewicz was instructed that KT 182 should abstain from voting if a
| consensus was not achieved. Well, it wasn't, and she said the members who
| were absent could vote by e-mail E-Mail Marketing Software - Free Trial.
| Click Here. -- but if they didn't vote, she'd take their non-response as a
| yes.      
| Later, when presenting the results of the ballot resolution, she showed a
| slide that claimed 98 percent of the OOXML issues had been resolved during
| the KT 182 meeting.  
| When reminded this wasn't true, and told that the author of the PowerPoint
| file was Paul Pesch, platform strategy manager at Microsoft Netherlands, she
| threatened to sue anyone who repeated the assertion that Pesch was the
| author.  
| That slide had been shown at another meeting, and one of the Brazilian
| delegates had complained about it.  

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