Before the vote on the MS OOXML document standard in ISO, a lot of countries suddenly joined to be able to vote. Nearly all of them voted in favour of OOXML, a clear sign that Microsoft played a major role. As most people know, it didn't help them since the voted ended up being no anyway. It doesn't end there though, since all these new members only joined to vote on this one standard, they have not voted since. This creates a big unfortunate problem
The result is that a very important committee has, in the words of its Secretariat Manager in frequent pleas to the non-responsive members, "ground to a halt."
Microsoft has repeatedly said that they care a lot about standards, so Microsoft - please fix this big mess you've made!
Labels: ISO, OOXML, standards