OOXML vs ODF the war is still ongoing (in Portugal)..

Fellow geeks,

Even that this post is mostly directed at Portuguese people I must write it in English so that you, my foreign friend can understand what is happening [in Portugal] about OOXML vs ODF.

Last week a technical committee failed OOXML as an ISO standard in the US [see Rui Seabra’s post]. Curiously, Microsoft had some partners in that same committee but I guess they weren’t enough.

Recently a Portuguese group was established to serve the same purpose, to determine whether OOXML shall become an ISO standard or not and not surprisingly Microsoft did their homework and got not only the president seat but also half-a-dozen partners “inside” of it.

If you thought this was funny check this out! Apparently this bunch-of-impartial-tech-companies has rejected a proposal from Sun Microsystems (Portugal) to become an active part, arguing that “there are no empty chairs in the room used for the meetings”. H-I-L-A-R-I-O-U-S!!

I guess Sun Microsystem should spend a room with a couple more chairs, don’t you agree?

Some time ago I asked you to sign a petition against OOXML becoming a standard in Portugal. If you haven’t, what are you waiting for?


22 thoughts on “OOXML vs ODF the war is still ongoing (in Portugal)..

  1. Specially since this isn’t true. For seating people there were seats enough for almost 30 people, but they chose to steer away one of the most important big companies in terms of open standards.

    They further refused representativity to universities, libraries, and other entities that care a lot more for structured documents than Primavera or Jurinfor, Microsoft parners, or most ASSOFT registered companies.

    Microsoft alone wasted three seats. ASSOFT wasted two more, business partners of Microsoft wasted a few ore spots.

    The President, Microsoft representative, tried to shut me up twice. At the second attempt I accomplished my promise of speaking louder if I had to in order to be heard, refusing to be cut off.

  2. egberto says:

    This “tecnnical comission” is beginning to study +6000 pages of a trully controversional specification. Other NBs are working since April and have found *lot* of comments ( technical, editorial, general, etc. ). Others technical committees, like USA Inicits/V1, failed to reach consensus about this beast, after +3 months of work, meetings and emails.

    If this CT trully respect the standardization process, should vote “no with comment: give me more time to analize this thing” or “abstain with comment: i have no time to give you a fair answer”.

    Any other vote is at least suspicious.

  3. DavidB says:

    Dear Paulo: There is an international effort to stop this false standard. Microsoft is trying to subvert the ISO on its sole benefit. MSOOXML is nothing more than a duplicate “me-too” format devised to co-opt ODF/ISO 26300 and to keep customer lock-in in documents and office applictions. And to keep everybody -but specially governmental institutions, which are one of the biggests MSFT cash cows- away from migrating to OpenOffice.org or other Office suite solutions (Either FOSS or otherwise -StarOffice, KOffice, etc-)
    Please, redirect your proposed petition to the international one (there is info in Portuguese there):
    More than 20000 people already signed!

    Best regards and good luck with the votation in Portugal (hey! its a ***NICE*** country!) on July 31
    David B. (Spain)

  4. Hi David, thanks for your comment. I’ve posted before about the Portuguese and the international petition against OOXML as an ISO standard.

    Thanks for your support, hope Spain doesn’t face the same problems 😉

    Hasta hermano,

  5. Thank you Paulo
    I usually only write in Portuguese because my target is the Portuguese community
    In English, in your blog, these news have spread like fire.. amazing
    Paulo Vilela

  6. Specially since this isn’t true. For seating people there were seats enough for almost 30 people, but they chose to steer away one of the most important big companies in terms of open standards.

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