ANSI is publishing on a day to day basis all the comments received on the proposed OOXML specification. All the messages looks like this:
Dear Lisa Rajchel,
We are writing to voice our strong support for the approval of Ecma’s Office Open XML File Formats as an ISO/IEC International Standard. We strongly urge the American National Standards Institute to communicate its support for the ISO/IEC ratification of this standard to the JTC1 Secretariat.
Open XML represents an important advance in document standards that offers benefits to technology users, the technology industry, consumers, businesses and governments worldwide. The standard received a strong endorsement when it was approved by Ecma in December 2006 and submitted to JTC1 for fast-track approval.
Open XML will enable backward compatibility with billions of archived documents, and the extensive standard accommodates a wide range of languages and cultures, as well as assistive technologies that help people with disabilities. Governments and businesses will both benefit from the standard itself, as well as from the range of new products that implement the standard. Furthermore, Open XML in no way contradicts any other international document standard.
Thank you for your support for Open XML. If you have any questions, please contact Alex Baab, Owner AITC at 520-730-9987 or moc.ctiza|xela#moc.ctiza|xela
But some submitters identifies the source of the spam:
Dear Lisa Rajchel,
Even though this is a form letter from Microsoft I thought I would add this personal touch. I understand that there is a monetary drive from Microsoft in allowing Open XML to become an ISO standard, but I have to say that if this is not added to the standard that many small businesses may be forced to go back and have many of their web applications retooled to function under the new standards at great expense the them. I really think that money would be better spent on ways to add money to their bottom line.