CyberTech Rambler

August 6, 2007

Random toughts on OOXML fast track

Filed under: Uncategorized — ctrambler @ 11:46 am

Did the opposite camp mount any useful defense? If they did, they did it in the background. Is all these disclosure about MS ballot stuffing in V1 and Portugal, and now OpenDocument Alliance’s “guideline” on how to vote for National Body able to achieve its purpose? I do not think so. The first two is at best, naming and shaming. The latter is of not much value.

Then there is bashing of Massachusetts.  ITD went from Poster Child to villian in two years in some ODF quarters. I am disheartened that ITD put OOXML on the list of approved standard, but understands its problem and certainly not going to bash it for doing so. One interesting note, from Joe Wilcox, is how Microsoft can play this in the OOXML ISO process. He nailed it with this

“Microsoft needed some good news, and Massachusetts delivered some—and powerful, because the Commonwealth had planned to dump Office altogether”

We all know better. But the vast majority don’t

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