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04.23.09

IBM Does Not Support OOXML

Posted in Deception, FUD, IBM, Microsoft, Open XML, OpenDocument at 12:12 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

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Summary: Response to new disinformation from the Microsoft camp

Microsoft cheerleaders like Alex Brown and Jesper Lund Stocholm are quite deliberately misinterpreting or mis-presenting a vote related to OOXML by claiming that IBM “supports” OOXML.

What is it that vendors/companies voted on? Groklaw explains:

Details: Subject: Approval to Adopt the International Standards listed below as American National Standards:…Question: Do you approve the Adoption of:

ISO/IEC 29500-1:2008
ISO/IEC 29500-2:2008
ISO/IEC 29500-3:2008
ISO/IEC 29500-4:2008

as American National Standards?…

Voluntary Standards are developed with the intention and expectation that the standards will be suitable for wide application. As their use is likewise voluntary, an affirmative vote does not commit an organization or group represented on the committee to the use of the voluntary standard under consideration. If you find that you cannot vote YES and wish to vote NO or ABSTAIN, please state this and explain the reasons for your position in the places provided.

Here is another explanation of what goes on here:

IBM votes for OOXML at the ANSI (the U.S. standards body) and the Microsoft-sponsored mob rejoices. The problem? Despite what it seems, the rules of the particular TC at the ANSI did not allow members to go against a previous ISO vote on the standard. In short, Jesper & Co are dancing over the body of a dead horse, or rather, continue to behave like some analysts who claim that Bernie Madoff’s business has a great future. Is OOXML a standardisation ponzi scheme? I think it is.

In the same vein, an important question to ask would be, “Is Microsoft a Ponzi scheme?” One Microsoft shareholder thinks it is and says so publicly. Other Microsoft investors might sue and there is unpleasant news coming tonight.

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