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[News] Storm Develops After the Microsoft OOXML Fiasco Leads to Calls for Withdrawal of OOXML from ISO

  • Subject: [News] Storm Develops After the Microsoft OOXML Fiasco Leads to Calls for Withdrawal of OOXML from ISO
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sun, 04 Apr 2010 11:06:48 +0100
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[see remarks from IBM]

Microsoft Failing Its Own OOXML Standard (ISO/IEC 29500)


Alex Brown: Microsoft Fails the Standards Test


Standards Expert â "Microsoft Fails the Standards Test"


Microsoft's Gift to Open Standards

,----[ Quote ]
| This is truly staggering â not so much that 
| Microsoft should so publicly thumb its nose 
| at the ISO and the entire standards-making 
| community, but that in doing so, it 
| confirms all the worst predictions that 
| many made at the time. It suggests a level 
| of arrogance that is breathtaking â that 
| having obtained the coveted and presumably 
| irrevocable ISO approval, having won its 
| little game, it just doesn't care what 
| anyone thinks. 
| [...]
| There's little we can do about the fact 
| that the ISO standard has been granted, but 
| we can make sure that people fully 
| understand what has happened here. In that 
| sense, Microsoft's actions are truly a gift 
| to all those promoting truly open 
| standards. 


OOXML News So Shocking I Canât Even Think Of A Headline

,----[ Quote ]
| Team Apologista is very big on âcontextâ, 
| so allow me to accommodate:
| Dr. Alex Brown was the convenor of the 
| OOXML Ballot Resolution Meeting back in Feb 
| of 2008.  Dr. Brown constantly poo-pooed 
| concerns about Microsoftâs manipulation of 
| the standardization process, often 
| defending Microsoft directly and attacking 
| ODF specifically along the way.
| I do not think it is an exaggeration to say 
| that without his efforts, OOXML would not 
| have passed the standardization process.
| So, when Dr. Brown says âMicrosoft Fails 
| the Standards Testâ, and then goes on in 
| detail to explain how Microsoft has either 
| broken or failed to follow up on promises 
| made â promises crucial at the time to 
| getting OOXML through the standardization 
| procees â it is truly a giant shock! No one 
| could have seen this coming!


ISO OOXML convener: Microsoft's format "heading for failure"

,----[ Quote ]
| Although Microsoft's Office Open XML 
| (OOXML) document format became an ISO 
| standard two years ago, the company still 
| hasn't built any software that truly 
| complies with the standard. Microsoft 
| Office 2010, which is expected to be 
| released later this year, implements the 
| deprecated "transitional" version of the 
| format and is not compatible with the 
| version that was crafted by the standards 
| body.



Microsoft accused of failure to observe Open XML standards process


Alex Brown: "Without action, the entire OOXML project is now surely heading for failure"

,----[ Quote ]
| In reviewing my RSS feed this morning, I
| found this interesting blog entry by Alex
| Brown, titled Microsoft Fails the
| Standards Test.  In it, Alex makes a
| number of statements, and reaches a number
| of conclusions, that are likely to startle
| those that followed the ODF-OOXML saga.
| The bottom line? Alex thinks that
| Microsoft has failed to fulfill crucial
| promises upon which the approval of OOXML
| was based. He concludes that unless
| Microsoft reverses course promptly, âthe
| entire OOXML project is now surely heading
| for failure.â
| Wow.


CAFC Won't Rehear Patent Case Of Editing XML

,----[ Quote ]
| One of the more troubling patent rulings
| in the past year involved a Canadian
| company, i4i, that held a patent
| (5,787,449) that appears to broadly (very
| broadly) cover editing a custom XML
| document, separate from the presentation
| layer of a document.


U.S. court rejects Microsoft patent case appeal

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| A federal appeals court denied on Thursday
| Microsoft Corp's request that a full panel
| of judges rehear arguments in its long-
| running patent dispute with a small
| Canadian technology company.


Fifth Anniversary of ODF is May 1st

,----[ Quote ]
| Weâll be hitting a significant date next
| month.  It was on May 1st, 2005 that Open
| Document Format (ODF) 1.0 was approved by
| I hope we can all take time to reflect on
| far weâve gone, with the specification
| itself,  with the quality and diversity of
| implementations and with world-wide
| adoption.

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