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07.24.09

Microsoft Buys ECMA for XPS; Watch Out, ISO

Posted in ECMA, Formats, ISO, Microsoft, Open XML, OpenDocument, Standard, XPS at 3:46 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

ISO Sold Out to ECMA

Summary: ECMA is done with Microsoft XPS, time to shove it down ISO’s throat

LAST YEAR we warned that Microsoft would attempt to repeat something like the OOXML fiasco, this time for a static document format. This was also alluded to in [1, 2, 3].

“It is Microsoft’s proprietary, inferior duplicate of PDF — just another proprietary format in Microsoft’s control.”Now that ECMA, a body that stamps virtually anything provided sufficient payments, is done with XPS (press release from this week), it is expected that Microsoft will try to ram it down ISO’s throat. It is Microsoft’s proprietary, inferior duplicate of PDF — just another proprietary format in Microsoft’s control. As David Gerard puts it, “Microsoft tries to push completely superfluous garbage through ECMA in preparation for ISO.”

Over at Wikipedia, the Microsoft proponents are pushing opinions of Microsoft as facts (see edit: “opinion was stated as fact”) and there are more corrections that annul the latest deeds of Ghettoblaster et al. It is worth keeping an eye on Microsoft's intervention in Wikipedia because of whisper campaigns.

OOXML protests in India
From the Campaign for Document Freedom

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3 Comments

  1. David Gerard said,

    July 24, 2009 at 4:52 pm

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    I can’t wait to see them having nearly as much success with HDPhoto.

  2. Mikko said,

    July 25, 2009 at 4:50 pm

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    more garnage to filter when downloading email

  3. Mikko said,

    July 25, 2009 at 4:50 pm

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    garbage*

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