Y'all are aware of the current frenzied push by Microsoft to whip their OOXML file format (used for MS Office 2007, described on some 8.000 printed A4 pages) through the ISO 'fast track' standardization process to make it a 'standard'.

You may not be aware of the 'No-OOXML' website though, which collects information and articles around the issue that focus on why OOXML (like it is proposed right now) is *not* a good idea.

Microsoft did a lot of work in the last few weeks to influence votes, stuff the ballots and manipulate participants in the various country ISO committees to enforce favorable decisions for themselves:

So the cartoon shown in this post, directly from the No-OOXML website, summarizes MS's efforts rather nicely (and may be not so funnily)...

Disclaimer: I'm currently not aware that Novell and/or Apple representatives did indeed (as depicted in the cartoon) vote in favor of OOXML, but I may have missed that if it so happened. If you know something about this, leave a comment. In any case, the main characters of this cartoon are not represented in a simple ASCII subset anyway....


I don't believe Novell voted at all (not in the US, anyway), but Apple indeed voted yes on OOXML. See (official US results).

By dark phoenix at Wed, 08/29/2007 - 16:47

Here is the reason people use OOXml. Go to this post and look at number 59. Of course this didn't do it singlehandedly, but there must be all kinds of false information like this on other sites (Microsoft setting it as the default format helps with the case as well) Another problem we face is people actually confusing it with ODF, like one of the other commenters on this link. I left my comment about number 59 and encourage you to do the same.

By yale2011 at Thu, 08/30/2007 - 12:19

I do not see so badly the standard either that they want to implant with because he is so bad? , he is that I do not understand much of this but people speak very badly of which Microsoft tries. I have entered and it has seemed to me well…


By plopez at Thu, 10/04/2007 - 20:26