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[News] Microsoft Cronyism Directed Against Groklaw (Slime, Slime, Slime)

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Oasis forms ODF committee

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| The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) requested at the 
| beginning of October that ODF maintenance work be aligned between Oasis and 
| ISO, in a move that Groklaw's Pamela Jones described as "a takeover attempt 
| of ODF". Groklaw alleged that ISO's SC34 committee, which oversees the 
| development of Microsoft's rival OOXML format, was "tilted by Microsoft 
| employees". SC34 would be in charge of ISO's ODF work.     
| However, Alex Brown, the convener of SC34, told ZDNet Asia sister site ZDNet 
| UK at the time that Jones's post was "chock-full of misinformation and spin". 
| ISO/IEC standards have to be managed and published by ISO/IEC committees even 
| if they are created elsewhere, Brown said.   



SC34 thanked Microsoft Korea for the dinner

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| The company from Redmond is heavily investing in the ISO SC34 committee.
| Thanks to a brazilian blogger who manage to shed some light on what was going
| on in there, we hear now that Microsoft Korea was paying for dinner.



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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