Poland against OOXML?

[ Monday, 20 August 2007, michuk ]

Polish Technical Committee no 171 has just voted 80% against the adoption OOXML as an ISO standard [PL]. It’s not the end of the game though, since committee 171 which was first planned to make the decision does not make the final decision anymore. Another committee 182 — will be voting on the same issue soon!

According to Sławomir Wroński from Technical Committee 182 (KT 182) the reason for changing the role of KT 171 from leading to “supporting” committee was made on a meritorical basis. The final decision will be made after the voting takes place in KT 182 which now takes the leading role in the standarization of OOXML in Poland.

Tomasz Schweitzer, vice-president of PKN (Polish Committee for Stanarization) confirmed that the decision of KT 182 will be the final and official vote of Poland sent to the ISO. PKN has no right and no tradition to vote in contradiction with the opinion of the technical committee.

I recently applied to participate in the works of KT 182 so if my application is approved I will provide you with some very up-to-date information about this issue.

Borys Musielak

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fold this thread Remember Poland  Monday, 20 August 2007 o godz. 8:11 pm #  Add karma Subtract karma  +1

Can we get more of an explanation about the nature, composition and charter of 182?

It sounds suspiciously like that M$ could see ahead of time that KT 171 would not be a push over so plans were made instead to push KT 171 out of the way and hand-pick members for KT 182.

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fold this thread michuk  Wednesday, 22 August 2007 o godz. 11:44 pm #  Add karma Subtract karma  +0

I don’t think the decision was political. But the information from PKN is kind of blurry. They claimed that KT 182 is “better prepared” for this issue. But it seems strange since KT 171 was good enough to take a decision concerning ODF last year.
Anyway, in KT 182 there are a lot of people (currenty 38, including a representative from Foundation for Free and Open-Source Software) and it’s not possible to guess how many of them are representatives of their own companies/organizations and how many are IBM/Microsoft lobbysts.

We’ll have to see when the voting takes place (which is on August 30th). Of course we’re going to inform you about the decision as soon as we get it.

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PolishLinux.org creator and editor in chief. Professionally -- J2EE consultant in London City. Personally -- free software enthusiast and lobbyist.

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