2007-07-27 17:14:19

EU enters the OOXML ring

The commission on competition of the European Union has also entered the ring around OOXML with their plan not to drop the antitrust case even though Microsoft has released something called an Open Standard.

In their statement, the EU commission says that they want to find ways to prove that OOXML is not an open standard, and that Microsoft would have to provide more information in order to get their head out of the springe in the antitrust case.

The entire story can be found on http://www.bloomberg.com/...?sid=aR9bHOp5bm3A.


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2007-07-27 16:57:22

ECMAs great ratio

Some people got interested in the ratio of approved standards vs. rejected standards of the ECMA. This is particularly due to the fact that ECMA proposals have up to now been taken on fast-track adoption by ISO. On the other hand, it has been argued a lot that ECMA is a pay-by-standard organization.

In fact, ECMA 376 «Office Open XML» is the 376th standard proposal handed in at ECMA, and the 376th standard. So apparently, the ratio is 100% – every single standard proposed at ECMA has been adapted.


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2007-07-26 15:12:08

Microsoft: 4 companies per document

Microsoft has claimed that 1'700 companies are demanding the standardization of OOXML urgently. Despite the fact that they haven't been able to produce any of these 1'700 companies in an ISO committee, there's one thing that makes me think:

A small Google search for OOXML files returns about 900 results. Looking closer at it, there are also things like a Wikipedia article on .docx files in the results, so after sorting it out you get about 700 OOXML documents.

Another Google search returns that roughly 200 of these documents actually come from Microsoft themselves. This means that these 1'700 documents can have authored about 500 public OOXML files.

How is that? Did ever 4 of them co-author one document?


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2007-07-26 13:52:20

Microsoft failed to fool andalusia

The Andalisian government has reported an attempt to manipulate the decision of the technical committee 71 of AENOR, responsible for the standardization of OOXML. Microsoft had claimed officially that the standardization body had demanded the standardization, as well as several other spanish public entities.

This turned out as misinformation, though. The Andalusian government has demanded immediate steps to find out how this misinformation could have emerged.

With this escapade, Microsoft might actually have spoiled their chances to get a «Yes» or «Abstain» in Andalusia.


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2007-07-26 13:47:12

"No" with comments in Japan

The technical committee of the japanese standardization body decided this monday to vote for «No with comments». Another thorn in Microsoft's side on their way to standardization.

In only a couple of weeks, all standardization bodies will have cast their vote. The result is going to be rather interesting.


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