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09.14.08

Protest Against ISO and Microsoft OOXML Intensifies

Posted in ISO, Novell, Open XML, Standard at 5:52 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

OOXML protests in India
From the Campaign for Document Freedom

W

ord on the street in the news is that CONSEGI 2008 [1, 2] has just gained some more steam with the addition of another protester.

The Dominion of British West Florida Joins Brazil, South Africa, Venezuela, Ecuador, Cuba, and Paraguay in condemning the actions of the ISO/IEC in rejecting the appeals lodged against the approval of DIS29500.

All Dominion of British West Florida Government offices are required to seek first systems that support ISO/IEC 26300.

The scandals are documented to be remembered.

“it’s just a format,” some would say, but formats and protocols manage many aspects of our lives. This includes our information, memories, connections and communications with people, even cost. Who would possibly promote a format that was created by Microsoft only to serve Microsoft? Apart from those who are literally paid to support it (Novell), there are all sorts of paid ‘supporters’ out there on the Web.

Ogg Theora

We have already pointed out that Microsoft bloggers are citing everything that’s fabourable to Microsoft OOXML in pretty much the same way. Here is a new post explaining this phenomenon.

The role of blogging in corporate communication is challenging for ICT companies. Progressive views from a CEO about customer communications.

This headline, “You are paid to blog, shut up,” echoes the statement made by an Microsoft lobbyist and ECMA/ISO insider. Microsoft financially compensates bloggers if they write favourably about Microsoft’s products. Microsoft also encourages its employees to comment in news sites. Is anyone out there supporting OOXML for reasons other than money and personal gain?

Novell gets 'bribed'

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