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[News] ISO and Microsoft Redefine "Consensus" After OOXML Corruptions

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What consensus means

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| Over the last year I’ve noticed that quite a few people are using the 
| word “consensus” in a way which differs from my understanding of what 
| consensus is about.  
| [...]
| For instance, in the case of the BRM for OOXML, it has been stated by 
| several, and ISO/IEC officials in particular, that the decisions were made 
| by “consensus”. Was it so, though? I certainly don’t think so.  
| [...]
| As if that was not enough ISO/IEC officials went on to then recommend to its 
| respective boards of directors (SMB & TMB) to dismiss the appeals filed by 
| Brazil, India, South Africa, and Venezuela. Now, I don’t know what an appeal  
| is if it’s not a clear expression of “sustained opposition”.  


The OOXML disaster is now over yet. It cost Microsoft a lot. ISO is wounded as


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.

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