"Microsoft's position is hardening as the ISO vote on OOXML (DIS
29500) in Geneva approaches at the end of this month. We know more
clearly now how Microsoft and its proxy group, ECMA, will position
Microsoft's OOXML specification in advance of the vote. In short,
Microsoft is betting that its influence with National Bodies will
allow it to push through a specification which elevates its own
interests over that of truly competitive, open international
standards. In the end, it will be Microsoft's own inflexibility
that will be its undoing, and that undoing means knocking the OOXML
out of approval for ISO status.
"ECMA, a RIAA-like industry group dedicated to advancing its
members' interests, published its responses to comments of the ISO
National Bodies in response to Microsoft's Office Open XML
application for ISO standardization..."
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