08.29.07

OOXML Watch: Latest Stories of Deception, Corruption, and Disapproval

Posted in America, Asia, Australia, Deception, ECMA, Europe, Open XML, OSI at 6:39 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Just when you think that you have seen the ugliest stories, more of them seem to be arriving (in large volumes at the moment). Here is a quick overview with very little commentary.

From New Zealand:

He says claims that Open XML is a vehicle for protecting old binary formatted documents, the focus of Microsoft’s newspaper advertising yesterday, are also false.

This is not the first time that we see newspapers being used for deception or spin.

Comment of interest:

“Microsoft’s Brian Jones, sums it up best. The OOXML ECMA spec is not finished yet.”

And another:

“Those whores will probably never be seen at a standards meeting again, unless Microsoft has another proprietary standard they want to foist onto the public as ‘open’.”

And another:

“If they let this sort of manipulation take place without pulling the plug on fast tracking OOXML, it will prove just how inadequet the hole process is and how little it means. ISO will become WORTHLESS.”

And another:

“It is a case of a blatant exercise of monopolistic powers and monetary clout. If ISO crumbles under such an underhand onslaught it must surely cease to be a body with any meaning and purpose.”

The comments are pretty much the same in all the forums.

Microsoft is said to have just ‘pulled a Sweden’ in Uruguay. This new petition for UK National Archives does not seem to have people aware of the fact that National Archives is itself run by a Microsoft employee (talk about conflict of interests).

BetaNews writes about the mad events in the Nordic states.

“This is how a standard is bought,” Bosson wrote later. “I left the meeting in protest – pissed off.”

There is already an article about this (in Swedish) and more information in Groklaw conversations.

He acknowledges that the rules might need to be changed.

Here are some more articles of interest:

The OOXML Problem

Another thing, by introducing a “new fancy” document format, MS can hold a tighter grip round existing customers and get more on the false pretence that they’ve “opened up”.

Linux Foundation Releases Statement Calling for National Bodies to Vote “No” on OOXML

Perhaps enough National Bodies will heed the call of the Linux Foundation to draw a line in the sand, here and now, and even at this eleventh hour, and stop the juggernaut of abuse before it drives the system totally over the cliff.

Rejecting OOXML

All the CIOs say they want is XML documents; unfortunately they aren’t as aware as Georg Greve, above, that Microsoft’s implementation of XML is exceedingly half-hearted.

Remember the man who was paid by Microsoft to mess about with Wikipedia’s article on OOXML? In what appears to me like a stunt he said he would vote “No”.

Vote “No”? But aren’t I supposed to be Microsoft’s biggest fanboy? Well, what I mean is a conditional approval, not a rejection.

It seems like a plot which says that “no” votes are actually a “yes, with comments”. Bob Sutor warned about such ugly spin.

I’ve heard several reports of supporters of OOXML trying to get national standards bodies to change their votes from “NO with comments” to “YES with comments” because “it’s the same thing.” The logic, which I’ll explain in a later post, is that any comments will trigger a ballot resolution meeting, so there is no need to be so negative and vote NO.

Ecma has clearly lost its reputation and here is more evidence.

Ecma is shepherding Open XML, the default format used by Office 2007 documents, through ISO’s traditionally difficult approval process.

To close this post on a brighter note, here’s a new article on Malaysia’s choice of ODF.

ODF, an international standard, is an open standard for any vendor to implement without restrictions.

Share in other sites/networks: These icons link to social bookmarking sites where readers can share and discover new web pages.
  • Reddit
  • email

If you liked this post, consider subscribing to the RSS feed or join us now at the IRC channels.

Pages that cross-reference this one

5 Comments

  1. Fernando said,

    August 29, 2007 at 7:09 pm

    Gravatar

    Yes indeed, Micro$oft has pulled a Sweden here in Uruguay.
    Most votes were based on ignorance though.
    Let the voices of Free and Open Software be heard around the globe!!!
    F*ck Micro$oft…

  2. Roy Schestowitz said,

    August 29, 2007 at 9:54 pm

    Gravatar

    Fernando,

    Watch the leaked letter sent t Microsoft partners in Sweden. Ignorance is part of it, yes, but there are many things we do not see (unless someone who was in that room takes notes and then posts them anonymously to the Web). Also see what happened in Colombia.

  3. akf said,

    August 30, 2007 at 12:57 am

    Gravatar

    Do you already know this cartoon?:
    http://www.kdedevelopers.org/node/2958

  4. Roy Schestowitz said,

    August 30, 2007 at 2:24 am

    Gravatar

    Haha. Best laugh I’ve had for a while. Noooxml borrowed the picture from here about a month ago. Similar ideas.

  5. Fernando said,

    August 30, 2007 at 9:35 am

    Gravatar

    I read the letter sent to Microsoft Partners, but I bet here in Uruguay they just got away with it even easier. Instead of “marketing support” they must have offered some small change hanging around in their pockets, and bought the votes just like that.

What Else is New


  1. The US Election Was Not Rigged, But the Nomination Process Was (Undermined to Maintain Control by Oligarchy)

    Cheating/driving the left out of the Democratic Party seems like a longstanding tradition and we know who stands to gain from it; moreover, problems remain in the voting process because it's controlled by secret code of companies like Microsoft (in spite of the openwashing)



  2. InteLeaks – Part XX: Redacted (for Names Only) Release of Intel File About Developer eXperience (DX) Meddling in GNU/Linux

    Today (or tonight) we release the first 'phase' of InteLeaks in a sensibly redacted form; coming up next is a surprise from Team Microsoft



  3. Sites in Bed With the EPO and UPC 'Covering' the 'News' Without Mentioning Any of the Overt Abuses

    It is rather sad that blogs like IP Kat have turned into proponents of abusive EPO management and Team UPC increasingly resorts to lying using pseudonyms (to avert criticism and accountability); much of the rebuttal or response that’s hinged on reality/facts can only be found in comments, which are still subjected to a face-saving moderation process (conducted by Team UPC)



  4. Suppressed Facts of the Free Software Movement and Its Community of Volunteers – Part IV: Stories From the Depths of the Free Software Foundation (FSF)

    To reduce or alleviate suspicions and a potential of mistrust the FSF needs to become more transparent and liberate information (such as the real reason Bradley Kuhn left, as noted in the previous part)



  5. Links 18/1/2021: GNU Radio 3.9, Wikipedia at 20

    Links for the day



  6. InteLeaks – Part XIX: Intel's Web 'Experts' Seen as Microsoft Champions Dealing With the Platform Microsoft is Looking to Destroy

    Things aren't rosy at Intel because the hires aren't suitable for the job of documenting and/or presenting GNU/Linux-centric products (whose target audience is Free software developers)



  7. Adding Images as Characters to the Daily Bulletins of Techrights

    Our daily bulletins now have inside them coarse graphics, depicted using characters alone, and the tool used to generate them announced a new release earlier today; we showcase some of its features (in a new video)



  8. Links 18/1/2021: Weekly Summaries and Linux 5.11 RC4

    Links for the day



  9. IRC Proceedings: Sunday, January 17, 2021

    IRC logs for Sunday, January 17, 2021



  10. The Oligarchs' Parties Will Never Choose the Side of Software Freedom Because Free Software Cannot Bribe Officials

    The tough reality is that next week's (or this coming week's, depending on what Sunday counts as) inauguration ceremony is partly symbolic as all the same and important issues remain largely untouched, for corporations control almost everything of significance



  11. COVID-19 Has Actually Helped Software Freedom Due to Financial and 'Spare Time' Factors

    Developers and users are increasingly exploring what the Free software world has to offer; this is actually measurable and it contradicts claims to the contrary



  12. Future Plans and Using Videos to Complement Text

    Remarks on recent and impending site changes; We are not replacing text with video, we're just trying to enhance the presentation a bit, especially where visuals help make a point or where browsing through Web sites (or leaks) is more suitable than static, linear presentation



  13. InteLeaks – Part XVIII: Intel Does Not Know How to Properly Do Research and It Seems Apparent Unscientific Methods Are Used to Justify Poor Documentation

    There appears to be a severe crisis at Intel; they cannot recruit scientists (or those whom they recruited are walking away) and as a result the company produces bad products with poor documentation (or highly defective chipsets that top-notch marketing cannot compensate for); in this video we walk through some examples of how studies are being conducted (as already noted in Part XVII)



  14. Suppressed Facts of the Free Software Movement and Its Community of Volunteers – Part III: The Free Software Foundation (FSF) Seems More Like a Victim of Destabilisation Campaigns

    The Free Software Foundation (FSF), which turns 36 later this year, is looking to raise money that helps support the GNU Project, soon 38 years old and likely the most important Free software project to exist (ever)



  15. Links 17/1/2021: EasyOS on Raspberry Pi and GNU libsigsegv 2.13

    Links for the day



  16. InteLeaks – Part XVII: The High Cost of Microsoft Windows Users in GNU/Linux Development Teams

    A look inside Intel explains what holds back the technical team, which bemoans the lesser technical people getting in the way and not even using the product that they are writing about



  17. IRC Proceedings: Saturday, January 16, 2021

    IRC logs for Saturday, January 16, 2021



  18. Suppressed Facts of the Free Software Movement and Its Community of Volunteers – Part II: Why Bradley Kuhn Left the Free Software Foundation (FSF)

    The founder of the FSF is still at the FSF (albeit not publicly) and the person who lobbied to oust him has basically been 'banished' by the founder



  19. Links 16/1/2021: LibreOffice 7.1 Release Candidate, Zeroshell 3.9.5, FreeBSD Report, and GhostBSD 21.01.15

    Links for the day



  20. Free Speech on the Web Not Respected by Companies That Used to Support Software Freedom

    Mozilla does not have to make its Web browser about politics; it can just make an excellent piece of software that is neutral about the Web pages that it renders, based on the user's personal preferences



  21. Suppressed Facts of the Free Software Movement and Its Community of Volunteers – Part I: We Are Under Attack by Corporations and Their Salaried Facilitators

    The corporate takeover (taking over the Commons, produced by volunteers who are motivated by altruism) is a subject we must speak about and somehow tackle; this series will highlight uncomfortable or difficult truths



  22. InteLeaks – Part XVI: Intel Cannot Do Command Line, Even When It's Vastly Simpler and More Suitable for Development

    The Developer eXperience (DX) team at Intel seems to be full of Microsoft drones instead of developers and/or mildly technical people; this has not only harmed the quality of documentation but also upset staff, alienating people who actually understand what developers need (more than buzzwords like "DX")



  23. IRC Proceedings: Friday, January 15, 2021

    IRC logs for Friday, January 15, 2021



  24. Links 15/1/2021: KaOS 2021.01, Whisker Menu 2.5.2, Istio 1.8.2

    Links for the day



  25. InteLeaks – Part XV: Intel is Blind to Blind and Colour-Blind People

    Intel does not seem to grasp very basic concepts associated with accessibility; nevertheless, Intel shamelessly tries painting itself as "woke" and a "justice warrior" (policing speech while overlooking much-needed practical work)



  26. Links 15/1/2021: GStreamer 1.18.3 and Proton 5.13-5

    Links for the day



  27. IRC Proceedings: Thursday, January 14, 2021

    IRC logs for Thursday, January 14, 2021



  28. Links 14/1/2021: Wine 6.0, Debian 11 Freeze, and Alpine Linux 3.13

    Links for the day



  29. Patent Propaganda and UPC Jingoism Instead of Actual News

    Today's so-called 'news' about the EPO (Europe's second-largest institution) and the failed UPC is nothing short of shameless propaganda



  30. Links 14/1/2021: Season of KDE 2021 Selection, Mesa 21.0.0-RC1, Tor Browser 10.0.8

    Links for the day


RSS 64x64RSS Feed: subscribe to the RSS feed for regular updates

Home iconSite Wiki: You can improve this site by helping the extension of the site's content

Home iconSite Home: Background about the site and some key features in the front page

Chat iconIRC Channel: Come and chat with us in real time

Recent Posts