Poland vote$ for Microsoft OOXML [it's official]

[ Sunday, 2 September 2007, michuk ]

Technical Committee 182 decided on August 30th to accept Microsoft format Office Open XML as an ISO standard. Another committee already voted against OOXML last week, but the KT 182 decision is the final vote of Poland sent to ISO on August 31th.

17 persons out of 21 present in the voting of committee 182 voted for OOXML without comments! 3 voted yes with comments and one abstracted from voting. There were 0 (literally: zero) votes against the broken standard.

An observer (would-be member of the committee 182) from Foundation for Free and Open-Source Software was not given the ability to vote for “formal reasons”, same as members of other anti-OOXML companies like Mandriva Poland (represented by amavis).

Many questions are arising now:

  • Why was there a change of committees and the 171 committee (which was against OOXML) was excluded from making decision?
  • Why the anti-OOXML companies and organizations were not given the ability to vote even though they were previously ensured that they will have a chance to both vote and present their opinion?
  • Why the committee 182 had only 3 weeks for “debate” and decision and the committee 171 which was responsible for OOXML issue before spend a couple months on the issue with no reason whatsoever
  • And finally: who was the sponsor of the 17 committee members who voted “yes without comments”? (because they would ave to be either sponsored of incompenetnt to make such a ridiculous decision…)

Update 3.9.2007: PKN (Polish standards body), responsible for making the final decision about Polish stance on OOXML informed about their final word of Poland on August 31th. The official stance, provided by Elzbieta Andrukowicz, the chairman of KT 182 clears it out:

Poland voted “approval with commants” providing 4 comments.

We’re sorry to be the providers of bad news. Let’s now hope Open Document, the ISO standard will become a de facto standard anyway in Polish government, education and business. Well, we can only hope that now anyway.

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fold this thread Coffee  Monday, 3 September 2007 o godz. 5:23 pm #  Add karma Subtract karma  +3

In December 2004 I sent a long “Thank you, Poland” eMail to the Polish Minister of Science and Technology, Wlodzimierz Marcinski, for stepping in at the last moment, preventing the EU-Commission Mafia from rushing through the software patent directive.

Well, with this time there’s nothing to be grateful for. The decision the Polish committee 182 took on Microsoft’s OOXML proposal last weekend looks as rotten and corrupt as the decisions many other committees took in Germany, US, Sweden, Portugal etc. It seems the entire planet has been bought by Microsoft.

It’s a shame that the votes were cast anonymously and that individual members of these committees cannot be exposed as the frauds they are.

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fold this thread Piotrek  Monday, 3 September 2007 o godz. 7:24 pm #  Add karma Subtract karma  +0

I’ve thought only Poland is such a corrupted country. Now I see we’re not alone!
But I don’t know if it’s so happy… ;/

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fold this thread SM  Monday, 3 September 2007 o godz. 7:59 pm #  Add karma Subtract karma  --1

I really hope that there will be a proper investigation followed by disciplinary action for corruption (including jail if appropriate) against those found guilty – by the EU courts if the Polish state prosecutor doesn’t cooperate.

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fold this thread Dino  Monday, 3 September 2007 o godz. 9:31 pm #  Add karma Subtract karma  --5

Poland was know in Europe for the help they provided the Allied forces to be victorious against the Germans.

Now, they have failed to do the same by supporting the evil company without a thorough consideration!!!


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fold this thread Jubal  Monday, 3 September 2007 o godz. 11:47 pm #  Add karma Subtract karma  --1

Dino, three things:
1) I invoke Godwin’s Law
2) Please repeat your history course; German invasion on Poland in 1939 was the cause of WWII, therefore your first sentence is factually incorrect
3) Your second sentence is plainly stupid.

fold this thread michuk  Tuesday, 4 September 2007 o godz. 12:10 am #  Add karma Subtract karma  +0

Jubai: I think what Dino meant is that the Polish army in WWII fighted on many fronts together with the Allied forces (see Wikipedia for details: Polish contribution to World War II).

Of course the comparison between Nazi Germany and Gates’ Microsoft is… well… at least unfortunate.

fold this thread Q  Monday, 3 September 2007 o godz. 10:03 pm #  Add karma Subtract karma  +0

We are really sorry for that.

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fold this thread Roy Schestowitz  Tuesday, 4 September 2007 o godz. 6:24 am #  Add karma Subtract karma  +0

My deepest sympathies. Here in the UK, people are moved by the dollar as well (not the shilling).

Use the Internet to expose all these corruptions.

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fold this thread mieses  Tuesday, 4 September 2007 o godz. 8:55 am #  Add karma Subtract karma  +0

I have a very harsh view on this for which i apologize in advance.

Poland seems to be afflicted with insecurity and a “me too” mentality. They badly want to be part recognized as an important western nation. Sometimes this desire is reflected in superficial acts such as buying F16 fighter jets, supporting Microsoft initiatives, etc. The problem with following is that you are always a step behind. Wake up! Microsoft is over!

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