02.11.08

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OOXML Called a “Very Cynical Ploy”, Finger Pointed at ECMA and Microsoft

Posted in Australia, Deception, ECMA, Microsoft, Open XML at 8:10 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Everywhere you look, there is dissatisfaction and/or misconduct

Australia was mentioned quite a lot last month, especially because local journalists, who were invited to take free trips to Brainwash sessions in Redmond, later ‘contaminated’ the press, which spread to other countries [1, 2]. There is hardly any justice here and there is a lot of propaganda being orchestrated. Watch the following new report from the Australian continent.

Christie says that [OOXML] responses have often been of poor quality. “If we were to extrapolate (the) poor quality of responses we have seen to the 54 Standard NZ comments to those of all the other NBs then we can only conclude that the result is probably a worse mess than the document we reviewed last August. Of course, that is conjecture because ECMA have yet to release the revised document, despite having made assurances that they would have done by now.”

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Christie said the delay to release the revised document was causing concern. “…MS (Microsoft)… simply appear to be running down the clock. They are appearing to engage positively when that seems important (in SNZ meetings, for example) but what actually comes out are endless requests for more technical clarification from experts like Matthew Cruikshank and then very poorly executed responses.”

“My personal view is that for a company with Microsoft’s seemingly endless resources this is a very cynical ploy. The way ISO and the BRM work is to focus on one single issue at a time and tick each one off as ‘resolvable’ rather than take a holistic view of the specification.

Cruickshank added: “This isn’t an issue of trust (re: promises) it’s that the ECMA/Microsoft editor continues to introduce new errors into the standard because they’re not technically minded and because their approach hasn’t involved the wider document community.”

Are Microsoft and ECMA still trying to hide their little questionable deeds [1, 2, 3, 4, 5]?

Further down it says:

On this side of the Tasman, lobbying efforts by Microsoft are going on apace. The company recently got itself invited to meetings of both the Sydney Linux User Group and the Linux Users of Victoria (one of two Melbourne-based LUGs) where, among other things, it could spruik its case.

Unsurprisingly, Microsoft spread its software patents FUD in at least one of these Linux User Groups. We mentioned a damning report about it last week.

Older articles about OOXML in Australia:

1. OSIA takes issue with OOXML, lobbies Standards Australia

Opposition to the endorsement of the program comes on top of the suspected stacking by Microsoft of a variety of standards bodies in order to get OOXML approved as the ISO standard. “This was not part of OSIA’s submission and is not anything OSIA has direct knowledge of”, said Scott. “However, there are a number of people who assert that Microsoft is doing as you suggest”, he said.

2. Report from Australia – the OOXML Forum

I’d say things look grim in Australia, but it’s not too late to express yourself to Australia Standards. The public is encouraged to continue to send comments until August 21.

3. Standards Australia defends its decision to abstain from OOXML vote

Standards Australia has defended it’s decision to abstain from the ISO (International Organisation for Standardization) and IEC (International Electrotechnical Commission) ballot to approve Microsoft’s Office Open XML format as an international standard, saying Australia still has a chance to approve or disapprove the vote.

More reports about OOXML in Australia (reverse chronological)

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