EditorsAbout the SiteComes vs. MicrosoftUsing This Web SiteSite ArchivesCredibility IndexOOXMLOpenDocumentPatentsNovellNews DigestSite NewsRSS

04.02.08

ISO Feels OK With Corruption, Officially Approves OOXML (Updated)

Posted in Asia, Europe, GPL, ISO, Microsoft, Open XML, OpenDocument, Patents, Standard at 3:45 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

I sold out

So, as we already expected and knew yesterday, ISO has just declared Microsoft’s OOXML an international chaos standard, despite the fact that stories about misconduct around the world continue to flow in and numerous antitrust concerns have been raised. Let’s take another quick look.

Philippines Again

Here is a coverage about the Philippines.

The Manila Bulletin Online tells us how the Philippines changed its No vote on OOXML to Yes. Once again there is an indication that when no consensus was reached, the chairman decided to make it Yes. That blatantly happened in Norway, and I can’t help but want more details about the Philippines.

Remember the Philippines? We offered quite an extensive set of links about the Philippines last night. There are too many stories from there which suggest irregularities.

Croatia

For background on OOXML dirty tricks in Croatia, consider the following posts:

Some of the above were highly disturbing for they illustrated just how easily Microsoft had hijacked the entire process. On the bright side of things, Croatian has just accepted ODF as a national standard, perhaps in order to appease the outrage. It all remains to be seen because ISO for OOXML is just a first step in a much larger battle.

Today, after a four hour meeting, Croatian CSI accepted ODF as a national standard.

Poland

Back to Poland now. We covered the situation there on several occasions recently [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6]. Here is an article about this story, which ought to reach wider circulation.

The events leading up to the ISO’s decision on OOXML can best be described as strange.

Take the case of KT 182, the Polish technical committee responsible for the OOXML standardization process, as described on Groklaw: Chairperson Elzbieta Andrukiewicz was instructed that KT 182 should abstain from voting if a consensus was not achieved. Well, it wasn’t, and she said the members who were absent could vote by e-mail E-Mail Marketing Software – Free Trial. Click Here. — but if they didn’t vote, she’d take their non-response as a yes.

Later, when presenting the results of the ballot resolution, she showed a slide that claimed 98 percent of the OOXML issues had been resolved during the KT 182 meeting.

When reminded this wasn’t true, and told that the author of the PowerPoint file was Paul Pesch, platform strategy manager at Microsoft Netherlands, she threatened to sue anyone who repeated the assertion that Pesch was the author.

That slide had been shown at another meeting, and one of the Brazilian delegates had complained about it.

The list of nations listed here is of course very incomplete and partial. We have seen literally dozens of nations where various levels of abuse were well documented. This includes large and seemingly credible nations such as the United States, Germany, the United Kingdom, India and France.

OOXML Not for GNU/Linux Users

The incompatibility with respect to the GNU GPL remains, despite the many repeated lies from Microsoft, which sought to deny this by escaping the question at hand. Even the Microsoft press bothered to mention this problem, albeit ‘second hand’.

Jim Zemlin, executive director of the Linux Foundation, says Microsoft simply fails to go far enough to indemnify developers who hope to write software based on Microsoft’s opened intellectual property (IP). He complains that protections often exist only for what Microsoft terms “non-commercial developers.”

“Unless it addresses the entire supply chain, it doesn’t make a lot of difference,” Zemlin says, arguing that ill-defined boundaries of legal protection under the Microsoft scheme may expose open source developers to threat of litigation.

“Think of it like ant poison. People who are non-commercial developers think, ‘I’m safe.’ They then integrate a patented protocol into the upstream code they’re working on. Then that code somehow gets into the downstream,” Zemlin explains. “Well, that’s like taking poison back into the [nest]. What happens is, inadvertently, an open source developer brings insecticide with a patent license requirement into an open source project.”

And that’s just how one gets a whole platform approved as an international standard. It’s sad to see ISO entering this vortex of global corruption, which makes it part of the problem rather than the solution it strives to deliver (uniformity, competition).

“Since when has the world of computer software design been about what people want? This is a simple question of evolution. The day is quickly coming when every knee will bow down to a silicon fist, and you will all beg your binary gods for mercy.”

Bill Gates

Update adds more information about the Philippines. Gist below:

The general pattern, like Malaysia, is the same: Government agencies and Academia reject OOXML as an ISO standard. These represent the vast majority of its citizens’ interests. Just what percentage of the population do the “pro-OOXML” Associations represent?

Share this post: These icons link to social bookmarking sites where readers can share and discover new web pages.
  • Digg
  • del.icio.us
  • Reddit
  • co.mments
  • DZone
  • email
  • Google Bookmarks
  • LinkedIn
  • NewsVine
  • Print
  • Technorati
  • TwitThis
  • Facebook

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

13 Comments

  1. Scott Mace said,

    April 2, 2008 at 11:20 am

    Gravatar

    Just this morning, by coincidence, I came across this March 2005 quote by Jason Matusow, speaking about the word “open”:

    “I am constantly amazed at the flexibility of this single word.”

  2. Shane Coyle said,

    April 2, 2008 at 12:11 pm

    Gravatar

    Washington Post reports that the EC antitrust folks are keenly interested in how Microsoft has conducted themselves during this process

    When the Commission, Europe’s top antitrust authority, opened a probe into Microsoft’s business practices in January, it said part of the investigation would examine whether OOXML, as the format is known, is “sufficiently interoperable with competitors’ products.”
    A month later the Commission sent a confidential request for information to all the national divisions of the ISO (International Organization for Standardization) in Europe, asking for information about the ongoing process of assessing OOXML.
    “In your opinion, have there been any irregularities or attempts to influence the debate or vote on the ECMA 376 proposal as regards your organization? If so please provide details and any relevant facts,” the Commission wrote in the letter, a copy of which was obtained by IDG News Service. ECMA 376 is the title under which Microsoft submitted OOXML for consideration by the ISO.
    The request for information, known as an Article 18 letter, is a formal procedure carried out by the Commission’s antitrust officials, designed to gather evidence of antitrust abuse.

  3. Roy Schestowitz said,

    April 2, 2008 at 6:13 pm

    Gravatar

    Even if Microsoft gets fined, it’s not as bad as have the ISO retracted. They can still gain from what they have done.

  4. Victor Soliz said,

    April 2, 2008 at 6:25 pm

    Gravatar

    According to groklaw OOXML is not an official standard until the next two months end, provided no appeals are made. If it is appealed it won’t be an standard until the appeals end, unless of course, the appeals actually work…

    http://www.groklaw.net/article.php?story=2008040212120873

  5. CoolGuy said,

    April 3, 2008 at 12:31 pm

    Gravatar

    M$ bought out entire ISO, I hardly see how a appeal will ever work. They have loads of money to throw away at anything that stands in their way…

    This is M$ has built their entire business. By bullying, buying out innovative companies and shutting them down, patent threats, corrupting standards…

  6. Annonymous said,

    April 4, 2008 at 12:52 pm

    Gravatar

    About the Philippines, do not expect any news. We are all disappointed and tired, what’s done is done, this is how Filipinos think. Today, we are solidifying our efforts to promote FOSS, forget about ISO because it is now the “International Shitheads Organization.”

  7. Victor Soliz said,

    April 4, 2008 at 12:56 pm

    Gravatar

    I like “Irrelevant Suicidal Organization” better.

    If you want an open document format, pick ODF, don’t care about ISO, ECMA whatever, OOXML getting the open standard status does not make it any less problematic stuff.

  8. Annonymous said,

    April 4, 2008 at 1:10 pm

    Gravatar

    ISO is now officially a joke. Any companies who boasts of their newly certified ISO shit are now laughable stock. ISO is a complete joke. Do we still need them? NOT ANYMORE SINCE 2000.

    The people know which is the REAL STANDARD, ODF. Any new ISO declared on and after April 1, 2008 are SHIT Standards. No ONE will care anymore.

    I wouldn’t be surprised if Adobe joins the anti-ISO/OOXML camp, the destruction of ISO’s reputation will affect all pre-OOXML standards like PDF.

  9. Roy Schestowitz said,

    April 4, 2008 at 2:00 pm

    Gravatar

    As I wrote a few minutes ago, Microsoft intends to have another ‘duplicate standard’, ramming XPS (PDF competitor) down ISO’s throat. Single-handedly, a company is rendering standards meaningless, and it’s working to its own benefit.

    Warnings about XPS at ECMA began to emerge almost a year ago.

  10. Victor Soliz said,

    April 4, 2008 at 2:50 pm

    Gravatar

    What MS thinks about this http://rcpmag.com/blogs/weblog.aspx?blog=2075

    Dear MS: You can get your format approved by ISO a thousand of times, You are still not my boss, and will never be.

  11. Roy Schestowitz said,

    April 4, 2008 at 3:03 pm

    Gravatar

    There is a good article in the Financial Times about the market failing to regulate itself and it applies to the corruption we’ve witnessed here. I’ll post a link to it later.

    I sometimes think that Free software is indeed, as Stallman insists, about morality to a large extent.

  12. Victor Soliz said,

    April 4, 2008 at 11:53 pm

    Gravatar

    And… Miguel loves that ISO approved OOXML, unsurprisingly:

    http://tirania.org/blog/archive/2008/Apr-02.html

  13. Roy Schestowitz said,

    April 5, 2008 at 12:01 am

    Gravatar

    Yes, Microsoft employees were thrilled to hear about a renewed lock-in on the market and the stagnation of standards. Miguel was no exception and now is a good time for his to apply for a job there or pick a $500/hour consulting contract.

What Else is New


  1. Links 25/3/2019: Linux 5.1 RC2, Nano 4.0, PyPy 7.1

    Links for the day



  2. Links 24/3/2019: Microsoft Does Not Change; Lots of FOSS Leftovers

    Links for the day



  3. Just Published: Irrational Ignorance at the Patent Office

    Iancu and his fellow Trump-appointed "swamp" at the USPTO are urged to consult academics rather than law firms in order to improve patent quality in the United States



  4. Microsoft Paid the Open Source Initiative. Now (a Year Later) Microsoft is in the Board of the Open Source Initiative.

    The progression of Microsoft entryism in FOSS-centric institutions (while buying key "assets" such as GitHub) isn't indicative of FOSS "winning" but of FOSS being infiltrated (to be undermined)



  5. Jim Zemlin's Linux Foundation Still Does Not Care About Linux Desktops

    We are saddened to see that the largest body associated with Linux (the kernel and more) is not really eager to see GNU/Linux success; it's mostly concerned about its bottom line (about $100,000,000 per annum)



  6. Links 23/3/2019: Falkon 3.1.0 and Tails 3.13.1

    Links for the day



  7. The Unified Patent Court is Dead, But Doubts Remain Over the EPO's Appeal Boards' Ability to Rule Independently Against Patents on Nature and Code

    Patents used to cover physical inventions (such as engines); nowadays this just isn't the case anymore and judges who can clarify these questions lack the freedom to think outside the box (and disobey patent maximalists' dogma)



  8. Patent Law Firms Still Desperate to Find New Ways to Resurrect Dead Software Patents in the United States

    There's no rebound and no profound changes that favour software patents; in fact, judging by caselaw, there's nothing even remotely like that



  9. Links 22/3/2019: Libinput 1.13 RC2 and Facebook's Latest Security Scandal

    Links for the day



  10. Why the UK Intellectual Property Office (UK-IPO) Cannot Ignore Judges, Whereas the EPO Can (and Does)

    The European Patent Convention (EPC) ceased to matter, judges' interpretation of it no longer matters either; the EPO exploits this to grant hundreds of thousands of dodgy software patents, then trumpet "growth"



  11. The European Patent Office Needs to Put Lives Before Profits

    Patents that pertain to health have always posed an ethical dilemma; the EPO apparently tackled this dilemma by altogether ignoring the rights and needs of patients (in favour of large corporations that benefit financially from poor people's mortality)



  12. “Criminal Organisation”

    Brazil's ex-President, Temer, is arrested (like other former presidents of Brazil); will the EPO's ex-President Battistelli ever be arrested (now that he lacks diplomatic immunity and hides at CEIPI)?



  13. Links 21/3/2019: Wayland 1.17.0, Samba 4.10.0, OpenShot 2.4.4 and Zorin Beta

    Links for the day



  14. Team UPC (Unitary Patent) is a Headless Chicken

    Team UPC's propaganda about the Unified Patent Court (UPC) has become so ridiculous that the pertinent firms do not wish to be identified



  15. António Campinos Makes Up Claims About Patent Quality, Only to be Rebutted by Examiners, Union (Anyone But the 'Puff Pieces' Industry)

    Battistelli's propagandistic style and self-serving 'studies' carry on; the notion of patent quality has been totally discarded and is nowadays lied about as facts get 'manufactured', then disseminated internally and externally



  16. Links 20/3/2019: Google Announces ‘Stadia’, Tails 3.13

    Links for the day



  17. CEN and CENELEC Agreement With the EPO Shows That It's Definitely the European Commission's 'Department'

    With headlines such as “EPO to collaborate on raising SEP awareness” it is clear to see that the Office lacks impartiality and the European Commission cannot pretend that the EPO is “dafür bin ich nicht zuständig” or “da kenne ich mich nicht aus”



  18. Decisions Made Inside the European Patent Organisation (EPO) Lack Credibility Because Examiners and Judges Lack Independence

    The lawless, merciless, Mafia-like culture left by Battistelli continues to haunt judges and examiners; how can one ever trust the Office (or the Organisation at large) to deliver true justice in adherence or compliance with the EPC?



  19. Team UPC Buries Its Credibility Deeper in the Grave

    The three Frenchmen at the top do not mention the UPC anymore; but those who promote it for a living (because they gambled on leveraging it for litigation galore) aren't giving up and in the process they perpetuate falsehoods



  20. The EPO Has Sadly Taken a Side and It's the Patent Trolls' Side

    Abandoning the whole rationale behind patents, the Office now led for almost a year by António Campinos prioritises neither science nor technology; it's all about granting as many patents (European monopolies) as possible for legal activity (applications, litigation and so on)



  21. Where the USPTO Stands on the Subject of Abstract Software Patents

    Not much is changing as we approach Easter and software patents are still fool's gold in the United States, no matter if they get granted or not



  22. Links 19/3/2019: Jetson/JetBot, Linux 5.0.3, Kodi Foundation Joins The Linux Foundation, and Firefox 66

    Links for the day



  23. Links 18/3/2019: Solus 4, Linux 5.1 RC1, Mesa 18.3.5, OSI Individual Member Election Won by Microsoft

    Links for the day



  24. Microsoft and Its Patent Trolls Continue Their Patent War, Including the War on Linux

    Microsoft is still preying on GNU/Linux using patents, notably software patents; it wants billions of dollars served on a silver platter in spite of claims that it reached a “truce” by joining the Open Invention Network and joining the LOT Network



  25. Director Iancu Generally Viewed as a Lapdog of Patent Trolls

    As Director of the Office, Mr. Iancu, a Trump appointee, not only fails to curb patent trolls; he actively defends them and he lowers barriers in order to better equip them with bogus patents that courts would reject (if the targets of extortion could afford a day in court)



  26. Links 17/3/2019: Google Console and IBM-Red Hat Merger Delay?

    Links for the day



  27. To Team UPC the Unified Patent Court (UPC) Has Become a Joke and the European Patent Office (EPO) Never Mentions It Anymore

    The EPO's frantic rally to the very bottom of patent quality may be celebrated by obedient media and patent law firms; to people who actually produce innovative things, however, this should be a worrisome trend and thankfully courts are getting in the way of this nefarious agenda; one of these courts is the FCC in Germany



  28. Links 16/3/2019: Knoppix Release and SUSE Independence

    Links for the day



  29. Stopping António Campinos and His Software Patents Agenda (Not Legal in Europe) Would Require Independent Courts

    Software patents continue to be granted (new tricks, loopholes and buzzwords) and judges who can put an end to that are being actively assaulted by those who aren't supposed to have any authority whatsoever over them (for decisions to be impartially delivered)



  30. The Linux Foundation Needs to Speak Out Against Microsoft's Ongoing (Continued) Patent Shakedown of OEMs That Ship Linux

    Zemlin actively thanks Microsoft while taking Microsoft money; he meanwhile ignores how Microsoft viciously attacks Linux using patents, revealing the degree to which his foundation, the “Linux Foundation” (not about Linux anymore, better described as Zemlin’s PAC), has been compromised


CoPilotCo

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

CoPilotCo

Recent Posts