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OOXML Abuse Index: Please Register Your Complaint by Thursday

Background Information

A few days ago, South Africa submitted a formal complaint protesting against abuse within or against ISO. It has been clear to many for a long time that the standardisation process of OOXML was far from normal. Observations were made endlessly and documented also.

For the past couple of years we have assembled a set of stories covering incidents which illustrate the seriousness of this issue. Over the weekend, owing to South Africa’s complaint, we decided to organise much of what we had documented, nation by nation. The goal is not just to inform but to also take action. People are politely — yet somewhat urgently — asked to contact their standards body. OOXML can still be taken off the Fast Track and be declared a non-standard, at least for the time being. This would be significant for a variety of reasons.

Do consider asking your national standards body to join the complaint of South Africa. At this stage, after the first appeal has been filed, it should be simpler. The listings below contain telephone numbers of your national standards body and some accompanying posts that hopefully show what happened in your country. The listing is not complete because the indexes were put together in a rush. Thursday is the hard deadline for complaints to be made. If you need evidence to back your complaint, appended stories will hopefully prove handy.

The Index

Your nation’s name starts with letter…

Nations are sorted alphabetically, starting with more recent posts and including some redundancy. Many external links are contained therein. This opportunity to stop or slow down OOXML is rare and the days that are left to do so are few. We ought to take advantage of this while it lasts.

Page last edited on May 26th, 2008, 10AM GMT

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