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[News] [Rival] OOXML/ISO Corruption Tied to Microsoft's "Insider Friend", Alex Brown

  • Subject: [News] [Rival] OOXML/ISO Corruption Tied to Microsoft's "Insider Friend", Alex Brown
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 30 Oct 2009 08:16:50 +0000
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OpenXML: What I havenât told yet about the BRM

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| Why Alex Brown, even knowing the importance 
| of the issue, shamelessly manipulated the 
| meeting to prevent the proposal presentation 
| by Brazil ?
| I think many of these questions will stay 
| unanswered, but Iâd really like to 
| understand what motivated the Alex Brown to 
| change in such an outrageous way the course 
| (and outcome) of OpenXML in ISO.
| Since this meeting ended in Geneva, I 
| havenât spent even one day of my life 
| without wondering: What would have happened 
| if we had presented our proposal, and what 
| motivated Alex Brown to manipulate in such a 
| way that meeting?
| Now that everyone knows the âbackstageâ of 
| Alex Brownâs decision, preventing Brazil to 
| present the binary mapping proposal of the 
| last BRM day, a few comments are pertinent.
| Reviewing everything that happened during 
| the BRM, the manipulation of the meeting 
| progress by Alex Brown is getting more and 
| more evident, and itâs also clear that he 
| was responsible for enforcing the hidden 
| agenda of the meeting. A quick search on his 
| blog, his âcontributionsâ to OpenXML in ISO 
| and his relationship with ECMA (and ECMA 
| members), will show the close relationship 
| he has with OpenXML (and this is the minimum 
| I can write about it).
| An example of such manipulation of the 
| agenda is clear and obvious: The ECMA 
| delegation (as far as I remember ECMA isnât 
| a ISO National Body) had 30 minutes in each 
| of the first two days of the BRM to make a 
| speeches about âlegacy compatibilityâ. In 
| summary, the Brazilian delegation (which is 
| an ISO National Body), couldnât speak for 
| lack of time, but the ECMA had 30 minutes in 
| each of the first two days of the meeting to 
| make their speech. This stupidity didnât 
| happened on the other days of the BRM 
| because on the second day of the BRM, during 
| a meeting between Alex Brown and the HoDs, 
| Deivi (head of the Brazilian delegation) 
| filed a protest against these ECMAâs 
| speeches.
| Talking about ECMAâs speeches, one of those 
| was given by a representative of the British 
| Library, and I mention this fact because I 
| have the impression that the triad British 
| Library, Alex Brown and Microsoft may turn 
| on some lights for my U.K. friends ( and I 
| would love to know what they have to say 
about it).


"ISO is dead for software standards. Do you need an official funeral?"

                                --Benjamin Henrion, FFII


Martin Bryan: we are getting âstandardization by corporationâ

,----[ Quote ]
| 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. â


Dysfunctional ISO - Courtesy of Microsoft


Microsoft accused of stacking ISO committee

,----[ Quote
| In a memo sent following his last meeting as head of the working group on
| WG1, which is handling Microsoftâs 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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