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01.26.11

OOXML in Australia a Novell/GNOME Deja Vu

Posted in GNOME, Microsoft, Novell, Open XML at 6:01 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

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Summary : Implicit endorsement of OOXML by Novell (paid by Microsoft for this endorsement) and to some extent by the GNOME Foundation both recalled

Y ES, we are still writing about OOXML in Australia [ 1 , 2 , 3 , 4 , 5 ], having written over 1,000 posts about document formats/standards. The NoOOXML Web site states :

Australia is looking into OOXML adoption while other …

01.22.11

Microsoft Entryism May Explain Australian OOXML Decision

Posted in Australia, Microsoft, Open XML at 2:28 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Summary : Man behind decision favouring Microsoft lock-in (OOXML) has history working with Microsoft in Australia; he hits the escape button now that he’s exposed

I N IRC logs which we shall post tomorrow it came up — via an Australia reader — that government entryism may provide a simpler explanation (however partial) for the bizarre decision made in Australia, regarding …

03.10.08

OOXML: Stacking, Exclusion and Snubbing in the US, Australia and New Zealand

Posted in America, Australia, ECMA, Fraud, Microsoft, Open XML at 11:44 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

More evidence of rule-bending and misconduct

W rite these down as another set of dirty tricks from Microsoft.

United States

It has been no more than a couple of days since we last mentioned the United States and OOXML . This has been outrageous from the very start , going back a long, long way . It is hardly surprising to finally find that Microsoft is ‘stealing the …

02.15.08

Australia Potentially Corrupted by Microsoft (for OOXML “Yes” Vote)

Posted in Australia, Microsoft, Open XML at 3:38 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Y esterday it was Britain (the BSI) and today it appears to be Australia also .

I am not head of delegation so I have no vote, of course. But I expect some people will not be happy that I am going at all.

From Groklaw ( Jelliffe confirms he will represent Australia at MSOOXML’s BRM )

[PJ: Yes, folks. Rick Jelliffe, who just told us that Microsoft hired him ("As I have …

12.18.07

OOXML Discussions in the Australian Continent

Posted in Australia, ECMA, Microsoft, Open XML, OpenDocument, OpenOffice, Review at 6:51 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Writing specifications like you write your errors

T o those who are here only for information about Novell — we apologise. It is important to understand, however, that Microsoft's deal with Novell has a lot to do with OOXML and the remainder of the proprietary stack which is attached to it. Those issues are inseparable and they need to be understood in context.

We turn our …

11.26.07

Australian Event Organised to Discuss OOXML

Posted in Australia, Boycott Novell, Formats, Microsoft, Open XML, OpenDocument, Standard at 7:43 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

U nder normal circumstances, the following would not arouse my curiosity because the more we discuss OOXML, the more we help people realise that it is broken, proprietary, and absolutely not suitable for standardisation. However, I could not help noticing that even Microsoft is invited to an event that Pia Waugh helps coordinate.

I am helping coordinate the first ever Australian …

09.12.07

OOXML in Australia Revisited

Posted in Australia, IBM, Microsoft, Office Suites, Open XML, Standard at 3:57 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

We have already covered (or at least commented on) OOXML stories from Australia [ 1 , 2 , 3 , 4 , 5 , 6 , 7 , 8 , 9 , 10 , 11 ], but there is yet another one that arrives a week late. This new story is an interview with the chief .

Standards Australia has defended it’s decision to abstain from the ISO (International Organisation for Standardization) and IEC (International …

09.03.07

Australia Changes Mind on OOXML, Brazil and New Zealand Explain Why OOXML is Bad

Posted in America, Australia, Formats, Google, Office Suites, Open XML, Standard at 7:38 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Latest news and opinions

There is a group of encouraging articles arriving at the moment. Some of them contain interesting details which we can add to our mental notes that can also be characterised as a ‘fraud watch’.

Australia Reports

As you may already know or recall, Australia did not vote on the issue of OOXML uninterrupted. Some irregular activities were reported at various …

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