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[News] [Rival] OOXML Decision Could be Delayed After Corruption and Complaints in Denmark

  • Subject: [News] [Rival] OOXML Decision Could be Delayed After Corruption and Complaints in Denmark
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 19 May 2008 03:23:26 +0100
  • Newsgroups: comp.os.linux.advocacy
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Danish Delegate Disputes OOXML Standard Vote

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| By voting to adopt a standard based on Microsoft's OOXML document format, the 
| Danish national standards body has approved an unknown text against the 
| wishes of the main representatives on its own technical committee, according 
| to a technical committee representative from the Danish city of Aarhus. He 
| has now made a formal complaint to Dansk Standard about the OOXML vote.    
| The complaint came from Jens Kjellerup, IT manager at the City Executive for 
| Children and Young People in Aarhus, who sat on the Dansk Standard technical 
| committee that assessed adoption of the Microsoft format as an international 
| standard by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO).   
| [...]
| He also expressed surprise that in the first vote on OOXML in September, 
| Dansk Standard voted "no with comments," backed by a unanimous vote of its 
| technical committee, and then changed its vote to a "yes" in March -- 
| although the committee this time was full of disagreement.   
| [...]
| He explained, however, that the consequence of complaints may be that the 
| final approval could be delayed. 


There are formal investigations in several places now. Now good for Microsoft.


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.  



EC probes OOXML standards-setting process

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| A spokesman for the European Commissioner for Competition, Neelie Kroes, told 
| The Register that regulators were continuing to scrutinise interoperability 
| issues related to Microsoft’s products following complaints from the 
| Committee for Interoperable Systems (ECIS) group.   
| As part of that process, the EC formally contacted a number of national 
| standards bodies, including the Norwegian Standards Institute (NSI), 
| requesting more details about possible irregularities in the OOXML 
| standardisation process.   
| [...]
| “It must be stressed that it is not the Commission's intention to influence 
| the outcome of this process, but the Commission considers it essential to 
| ensure that European competition law is not violated in the course of the 
| standard setting process,” he said in an email to El Reg.   
| In January the EC began formal anti-trust probes against Microsoft in two 
| cases where it was alleged that the multinational firm had abused its strong 
| market position. As part of the investigation into the first case, the 
| Commission said that it would scrutinise OOXML on the grounds that the 
| specification doesn't work with those of competitors.    


Is Microsoft Now Banned from EU Contracts?


Euro MP thinks Microsoft should be banned from government contracts


EU: Europarlement testing Ubuntu, OpenOffice and Firefox

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| The European Parliament's IT department is testing the use of GNU/Linux 
| distribution Ubuntu, OpenOffice, Firefox and other Open Source applications, 
| the British MEP James Nicholson explained last week in a letter to Italian 
| MEP Marco Cappato.   

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