Open Letter to Standards Professionals, Developers, and Activists
May 19, 2008, 23:15 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Pieter Hintjens)
[ Thanks to steve
hill for this link. ]
"You've read how Microsoft drove its tank through the
international standardization process last year and this year,
finally winning ISO approval for its legacy OOXML format. The OOXML
event proved that we're in a real fight, and that money and power
can break down the existing polite rules and agreements that
constitute the international standardization process.
"When OOXML was first launched through its 'no questions asked'
fast track process, people did not believe that ISO would collude
with such an obvious play. Each time another scandal emerged,
people thought, 'this is too much, surely someone will stop this
process.' And yet it went on, and the legacy format got ISO's
blessing, and moved in as a sword dangling over ODF's head..."