Re: Microsoft buys the Swedish vote on OOXML?
Isn't it the whole point of an ISO Standard (or any global standard) that there be a reasonability about it being universally adopted? One does wonder whether a single vendor standard can reach such a standing in view of the need for competition amongst vendors. On the other hand, if there are single vendor standards appearing then it has to be possible for there to be more than one just to make adoption reasonable for competing vendors. If we want singularity of standards then maybe we should take more care not to foster single vendor standardisation unless it is to allow a balance when this is already taking place. I guess we are looking at such polarisation here due to a necessity to balance 1. the fact that single-vendor standardisation has already happened for office documents with 2. a standard multiplicity that the competition needs in the face of this. We just have to face it - it has already happened - the horse has bolted so it is now too late to shut the stable door. Best regards. -- Stephen Green Partner SystML, http://www.systml.co.uk Tel: +44 (0) 117 9541606 http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=matthew+22:37 .. and voice
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