Hey, ISO, April Fools was *yesterday*

“Words fail me when ISO approves OOXML”:http://www.iso.org/iso/pressrelease.htm?refid=Ref1123
Hereafter, I shall refuse to refer to you as a standards body. Accepting an ill-thought-out set of documentation for Microsoft quirky and proprietary technology in a “process that has been widely regarded as suspicious with allegations of corruption, co-opting and buying of votes”:http://pcworld.about.com/od/companynews/Microsoft-pressed-partners-in.htm is a cruel and horrible joke. Thank you so much for nothing.
Here’s an interesting factoid for you (via):
Norway ended up “supporting” OOXML, while 80% of the members of The SN/K 185 subcomittee of “Standards Norway”:http://www.standard.no/imaker.exe?id=5010 were “opposed to the proposal”:http://www.informationweek.com/windows/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=207001016.
There has been allegations of “comittee-stuffing” to get a particular view through, so it’s rather interesting to see what the original members of the comittee has to say on the matter (those who were members of SN/K 185 prior to the OOXML process started). For reference, these members were:
* Lars Marius Garshol
* Erlend √ėverby
* Thomas Flemming
* Keld Simonsen
* Steve Pepper (chairman of SN/K 185)
And, they have _all_ signed an “open letter”:http://www.bekkelund.net/blogg/2008/03/27/apent-brev-til-standard-norge/ to Standards Norway (the letter is in Norwegian — I’ll try to find an English translation) , opposing OOXML as an ISO standard.
“Again, ISO, thanks for exactly nothing.”:http://news.zdnet.com/2424-3515_22-194774.html

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  1. This is truly a sad chapter in the history of standardization. My trust as a member of SN K/185 with both ISO and Standards Norway is completely gone. Steve Pepper has resigned from his position in SN K/185. This is extremely sad. I can’t find the words.
    Thanks for writing on this topic, Arve!

  2. Its like web politics !
    I’ve read alot about this latly but haven’t actually studied OOXML so can’t comment on it apart from what i’ve read.
    80% against it though and yet supporting it, surely somthing must be done about this.