Radoslav Dejanović, a croatian citizen upset by the opacity of the OOXML process in Croatia, is suing the Croatian Standards Body HZN in order to shed some light on the suspicious unconditional yes vote for Microsoft OOXML.
Battle for the transparency
By Radoslav Dejanović, on 13-11-2007 00:04
It's been a while now, and I'm still trying to enforce HZN (Croatian national standards body, or CSI) to disclose the information on members of their TC that voted unconditional yes for Microsoft OOXML. (more about that on Croatian blog Fuzzy on www.linux.hr)
It's no more about OOXML. It's about transparency, about my right to know who are the people that declare standards, and about my right to hold them responsible for their actions.
They're stubborn. So am I. I have reached the point where the only sensible thing to do is to - sue them. Which is what I'm set up to. I have a law on my side, they have the bureaucracy on their. And a powerful ally that woudn't really want to have it's proposed standard rejected.
Who's going to win? I'm not sure. What I am about to do is to put up a good fight. Even if I lose, I might set the path for someone with more luck/persistence to carry on for the noble cause of government transparency.
P.S. just as a side note: Office for e-Croatia (government body) made official request for approval of PDF and ODF as national standards in April, and this is still being held cold; I wonder if there's someone waiting for OOXML to get "ISO-ized" to push it as a national standard instead of the other two?
Last update : 13-11-2007 00:08