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Re: Microsoft buys the Swedish vote on OOXML?

  • From: Rick Marshall <rjm@z...>
  • To: Dave Pawson <davep@d...>
  • Date: Wed, 05 Sep 2007 09:09:45 +1000

Re:  Microsoft buys the Swedish vote on OOXML?
did anyone read this document referenced by dave's reference?


was it referenced before and i missed it?

at any rate it starts a serious technical debate and has some 
interesting points.

For me the real issue now is "has the process been corrupted?" and if it 
has it could be a disaster for the ISO.

What if one country decides that the process is corrupt and therefore 
will not accept the decision of the ISO ** on that basis **? MS could be 
responsible for the beginning of the demise of ISO - not a good thing I 
would have thought.

What if Australia (eg) decides that ECMA 376 is just a device to 
maintain a monopoly, trade barrier, or price point - then (as was done 
with dvd regional encoding) the MS could be ordered to allow, possibly 
even assist, alternative implementations. Or worse, the standard may be 

This really is a high stake game.

Rick M

Dave Pawson wrote:
> ESR makes a good point. Basically that mud sticks and ISO will be the 
> worse for this round of fun and games.
> I quite agree.
> http://opensource.org/node/192
> regards

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