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{April 02, 2008}   ISO/IEC DIS 29500 (OOXML) is now an International Standard

Today is a sad day. Corruption has won over rationality. ISO sucks. I guess I lost all the trust I had on the standards organizations. OOXML is a standard covered by many patents, ambiguous enough for Microsoft to keep the real specs closed, far worse than the previous ISO standard for the same task (ODF), and approved in a very suspicious way, in a process full of irregularities, which I hope the European Union will investigate.



Guías Informáticas » Archivo del weblog » OOXML gana el estado de estándar says:

[...] Miriam Ruíz nos lo cuenta muy clarito en su blog (muy clarito para los que saben inglés, claro): “La corrupción se ha impuesto a la racionalidad. ISO apesta.” [...]



ulrik says:

Great world map presentation, not so great in its implications.



Miriam Ruiz says:

[...] After the unfortunate show that Microsoft and ISO provided us recently, ISO’s response is a FAQ note about ISO/IEC 29500 (OOXML, that’s it) in which they threaten Microsoft with the most severe of penalties if they’re tricking on as. Funny. In that statement, they try to answer all the issues that initially were concerns but that now has turned into proven facts about the OOXML standard and it’s approval, and to try to recover some of their lost credibility. It’s sad to be commenting on this, words don’t come easy, as if to say. Microsoft has already proven who’s the one in charge here, who owns the committees, who takes the decisions and in which terms, and nothing happens. It’s gonna take more than to publish a FAQ note saying how well you did it and to threaten Microsoft to behave or else. No one seriously believe you at the moment, you know? [...]



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