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Quick Mention: Latest OOXML Process Abuse Now Confirmed

Posted in ECMA, Formats, ISO, Microsoft, Open XML, Standard at 2:55 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

ECMA is Microsoft

ECMA, ISO and Microsoft are several days late by now. We mentioned this yesterday and it appears to be confirmed now by Rob Weir of IBM.

So the SC34 Secretariat should have distributed the “final DIS text” by March 29th, or at the very least, when the final ballot results on OOXML were known a few days later.

But that didn’t happen. Nothing. Silence. What is the hang up? I note that when NB’s said that the Fast Track schedule did not give sufficient time to review OOXML, the response from ISO/IEC was “There is nothing we can do. The Directives only permit 5 months”. And when NB’s protested at the arbitrary 5 day length of the OOXML BRM, the response was similarly dismissive. But when Microsoft needs more time to edit OOXML, well that appears to be something entirely different. “Directives, Schmerectives. You don’t worry yourself about no stinkin’ Directives. Take whatever time you need, Sir.”

[...]

So, I’ll make my own personal appeal. JTC1 has the text. The Directives are clear. The delay is unnecessary and harmful in the ways I outlined above. Release the final DIS text now. Not next month. Not next week. Release it now.

The abuse in this process continues.

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