RE: Microsoft buys the Swedish vote on OOXML?
The author of that article is on dangerous legal ground. "One would think that SIS would not accept new companies to participate in the vote since they haven't been part of the earlier discussions and meetings. But according to SIS they didn't see any problem that new companies wanted to take part in this vote without prior notice. So what happened here is that Microsoft gather together a bunch of loyal partners that would vote yes to their standard without any questions." None of that other than the time they signed up is supported by evidence. It is more likely that Microsoft partners vote for this submission for the same reason Massachusetts changed the position given switching costs. This is self-interest. No proof of bribery is shown. There is no indication that questions have not been asked. Continuing to make that charge in public forums without proof is opening the author and the employer of the author as well as the publisher to slander lawsuits. This is not a good thing, Jonathan. Google's paper is specious. It claims wide use for ODF without the numbers to back that up. My guess is the number of users of products that can use OOXML is far greater than that of ODF and in fact they support that later in the paper. Worse, they claim to be offering no legal advice, then go on to make legal assertions about the OOXML IP. I am not arguing technical merit here. This is about a slander campaign conducted by companies and individuals opposed to OOXML. This bitter butter battle over white elephant products demonstrates in a very disappointing way the hypocrisy of claiming moral high ground for the sake of commercial advantage. They are destroying their own credibility. Yuck. len From: Jonathan Robie [mailto:jonathan.robie@r...] Interesting article on the Swedish vote on making OOXML an ISO Standard: Microsoft buys the Swedish vote on OOXML Posted by Kim Haverblad - Monday, 27 August 2007 http://www.os2world.com/content/view/14868/1/ According to this article, 23 companies joined without prior notice in order to be able to vote, which would have clearly been a "no" vote without the votes of these new companies. Most of these companies are Microsoft partners. One of these new companies was Google, which strongly opposes OOXML, and has created the following position paper: http://www.odfalliance.org/resources/Google%20OOXML%20Q%20%20A.pdf Jonathan _______________________________________________________________________ XML-DEV is a publicly archived, unmoderated list hosted by OASIS to support XML implementation and development. To minimize spam in the archives, you must subscribe before posting. [Un]Subscribe/change address: http://www.oasis-open.org/mlmanage/ Or unsubscribe: xml-dev-unsubscribe@l... subscribe: xml-dev-subscribe@l... List archive: http://lists.xml.org/archives/xml-dev/ List Guidelines: http://www.oasis-open.org/maillists/guidelines.php This email and any files transmitted with it are confidential and intended solely for the use of the individual or entity to whom they are addressed. If you have received this email in error please notify the sender. This message contains confidential information and is intended only for the individual named. If you are not the named addressee you should not disseminate, distribute or copy this e-mail.
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