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ISO is Still a Winner in Poland, But ISO May Have Lost Its Way

It appears as though Europe is still ahead of the United States when it comes to honouring standards. The level of influence which Microsoft enjoys overseas is probably more limited. A preliminary look at a policy has revealed that, at least for the time being, the international standard which is OpenDocument format has precedence in Poland.

This basically means that Microsoft’s Office Open XML will not be treated as open standard, thus not preferred in Polish e-Government services, making OpenDocument Format the office standard of choice.


The part which says "for the time being" is motivated by the usual factors that are rarely discussed openly. Among them: the corrupted ways of processes which standards bodies adopt and also the ISO, which appears to be less focused on its goal of establishing unified standards; instead, it is leaning towards serving wealthy companies that lobby heavily. ISO seems to be inheriting ECMA's poor status. which is becoming poorer each day.

There are very few videos available about the ISO, but here is one we could find. It teaches you about the goals of the ISO, which are clearly not met here.

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