The Gnome foundation actively participated in the ECMA fast-tracking of Open XML as a sock puppet for Novell. Now the Foundation clarified its position that came under recent criticism.
I mentioned this post here in this Web site just several hours ago. Jeff Waugh saw this and he then created an account in NOOOXML (
yes, spot the irony Correction: Jeff actually opposes OOXML as an ISO standard):
Wikidot.com user since: 25 Nov 2007, 22:46 BST (2 hours ago)
He responded to the allegation (the one cited above) just moments ago. █
Update: Mind the following.
The work to standardise OpenXML has been carried out by Ecma International with representatives from Apple, Barclays Capital, BP, The British Library, Essilor, Gnome Foundation, Intel, Microsoft, NextPage, Novell, Statoil, Toshiba, and the United States Library of Congress.
Mind the presence of Novell and the Gnome Foundation in this statement. If the Foundation only wishes to
improve OOXML ensure that OOXML is effectively documented such that FLOSS products can implement it [corrected, see below] (because Moox doesn’t just go “poof”, as Jody Goldberg puts it), then the text above should be corrected to exclude the Gnome Foundation. As it stands, the Gnome Foundation is said to be among those who contribute comments and contribute to “The work to standardise OpenXML”. This is unacceptable.