Re: Microsoft buys the Swedish vote on OOXML?
Jonathan Robie said: > 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 Doubly interesting in that Google is the world's most prolific generator (Google Maps to IE) of VML, which is part of the Open XML standard. I suppose it is much easier to generate documents than to accept them, so they need a standard for one but not the other... There is an organized campaign by the fringe of the anti-Open XML people, fanned by closed source vendors of ODF products, where if they cannot persuade the various National Bodies that there is no value in having Office's format open and documented and with clear IP so that everyone can use it, then they will attack the National Body, ISO and the process. But don't believe what everything you read: for example, it was claimed that the Portuguese committee refused to admit IBM and Sun into a meeting claiming that there was not enough chairs, but in fact IBM and Sun applied past the deadline to join a fixed-size committee and there were no seats. Don't be conned. Jonathan, do you seriously think that people who want a standard should not be allowed to participate, especially as they find (perhaps to their surprise or alarm) that there are so many people trying to block it? Or do you believe that it is legitimate to join a standards committee with the goal of blocking a standard that other people need (i.e., to use the standards process to create a cartel: the US at least has strong anti-trust laws against this.)? If you don't like ISO C# as a language, don't use it. Use ISO C++, or ISO Common LISP, or ISO Pascal, or ISO FORTRAN, or ISO ADA, or ISO Eiffel. But an ISO C# person should not try to block developments in ISO C++ just because it is not their liking, or because it goes against their corporate interests. Cheers Rick Jelliffe P.S. For an update on the current approval process, see http://www.oreillynet.com/xml/blog/2007/08/last_days_for_office_open_xml.html P.P.S. For my comments on why a "No with Comments" vote (conditional approval) is a good thing, see http://www.oreillynet.com/xml/blog/2007/08/my_recommendation_on_office_op.html
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