Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Congratulations Microsoft

From Slashdot.org (which is 10 years old this month, btw!):

FFII awards Microsoft "Best Campaigner against OOXML Standardization" prize

FFII president Pieter Hintjens explains, "we could never have done this by ourselves. By pushing so hard to get OOXML endorsed, even to the point of loading the standards boards in Sweden, Denmark, Switzerland, Portugal, Italy, and beyond, Microsoft showed to the world how poor their format is. Good standards just don't need that kind of pressure. All together, countries made over ten thousands technical comments, a new world record for an ISO vote. Microsoft made a heroic — and costly — effort to discredit their own proposal, and we're sincerely grateful to them."
(slashdot discussion, original press-release)

Amazing how well ballot-stuffing, strong-arm tactics, and vote-buying works in getting exactly the wrong message across! One just has to suspect that Microsoft knew just how weak OOXML is before they even submitted it to ISO.

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