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The OOXML Ballot Resolution

Feb 26, 2008, 17:30 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Stephen Walli)

"I have long maintained that technology standardization is commercial diplomacy and the purpose of individual participants (as with all diplomats) is to expand one's area of economic influence while defending sovereign territory. This week a lot of people are gathering in Geneva for the ISO ballot resolution meeting for Office Open XML (OOXML), Microsoft's Office product specification. The debate no doubt will be contentious.

"Microsoft had a perfect opportunity to participate in the Open Document Format (ODF) standard's development at OASIS. They ignored that opportunity..."

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