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Open Letter to Standards Professionals, Developers, and Activists

May 19, 2008, 23:15 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Pieter Hintjens)

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"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..."

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