NO to the Microsoft Office format as an ISO standard

I ask the national members of ISO to vote "NO" in the ballot of ISO DIS 29500 (Office OpenXML or OOXML format) for the following reasons:

  1. There is already a standard ISO26300 named Open Document Format (ODF): a dual standard adds costs, uncertainty and confusion to industry, government and citizens;
  2. There is no provable implementation of the OOXML specification: Microsoft Office 2007 produces a special version of OOXML, not a file format which complies with the OOXML specification;
  3. There is information missing from the specification document, for example how to do a autoSpaceLikeWord95 or useWord97LineBreakRules;
  4. More than 10% of the examples mentioned in the proposed standard do not validate as XML;
  5. There is no guarantee that anybody can write software that fully or partially implements the OOXML specification without being liable to patent lawsuits or patent license fees by Microsoft;
  6. This format conflicts with existing ISO standards, such as ISO 8601 (Representation of dates and times), ISO 639 (Codes for the Representation of Names and Languages) or ISO/IEC 10118-3 (cryptographic hash);
  7. There is a bug in the spreadsheet file format which forbids any date before the year 1900: such bugs affect the OOXML specification as well as software applications like Microsoft Excel 2000, XP, 2003 and 2007.
  8. This standard proposal was not created by bringing together the experience and expertise of all interested parties (such as the producers, sellers, buyers, users and regulators), but by Microsoft alone.
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Total number of signatures: 94982

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  • Den Shitoff, Russian Federation, 21 Jul 2017 10:09
    Comments: no comments
  • Walid Boudelal, Algeria, 21 Jun 2017 07:37
  • Danial Behzadi, Iran, 27 Jul 2015 18:46
  • Luis Roberto Gutiérrez, Mexico, 28 Jan 2015 06:00
  • Yajie Hu, China, 20 Nov 2014 04:31
    Comments: I especially agree with reasons 1 and 6. Other problems can be fixed, but existing ISO standards should be conformed.
  • Enrique Santos Leal, Spain, 18 Jul 2014 13:09
    Comments: ¡Bravo!
  • Janos Agoston, Hungary, 12 Jul 2014 12:20
    Comments: -
  • Carlos Almeida, Portugal, 15 Apr 2014 22:03
  • Ryan Walmsley, United Kingdom, 11 Mar 2014 14:44
  • Łukasz Konieczny, Poland, 19 Apr 2013 18:45
  • Walter F. Viera Dos Santos, Argentina, 22 Jan 2013 08:00
  • Tim Sanders, United States, 11 Jan 2013 19:16
    Comments: Microsoft just needs to stop this stuff, they have MORE than enough money to cure all the sick people around the world, now it's just greed
  • Jan Kawalski, United Kingdom, 09 Jan 2013 01:22
  • Jānis Strankals, Latvia, 26 Dec 2012 13:16
    Comments: Noone needs tens of proprietary file formats.
  • Andrew Websdale, United Kingdom, 05 Dec 2012 15:56
  • Sébastien André, France, 27 Nov 2012 22:00
  • Ahmad Zafrullah, Indonesia, 25 Nov 2012 02:00
    Comments: i agree
  • Daniil Pavlenko, Russian Federation, 23 Nov 2012 08:29
  • HUGUETTE DROUIN, France, 12 Nov 2012 15:08
  • yogi kumar, India, 30 Oct 2012 06:48
    Comments: Greater transparency is the need for the day.
  • Paulo Leonardo Souza Brizolara, Brazil, 30 Oct 2012 00:36
  • Malith Yapa, Malaysia, 29 Oct 2012 07:43
    Comments: ooxml is unnecessary and promotes antitrust behaviour
  • David Delma, Burkina Faso, 28 Oct 2012 23:55
  • Shankara Narayana R, India, 28 Oct 2012 13:28
  • Magnus Björk, Sweden, 26 Oct 2012 11:56
  • Evgenij Isakov, Russian Federation, 17 Oct 2012 11:38
    Comments: Microsoft - crap and theirs standarts are crap too.
  • Yu Jia Chang, Taiwan, 15 Oct 2012 13:03
  • Christian Ditscher, Germany, 11 Oct 2012 21:04
  • Paul Barbu, Romania, 03 Oct 2012 19:07
    Comments: FOSS should be the way to go!
  • Corifeanu Jane, Romania, 03 Oct 2012 16:47
    Comments: I am using very old files I don"t whant problems
  • Andrei Petcu, Romania, 03 Oct 2012 11:36
    Comments: google "fii liber nu va putem citi documentele"
  • Codru Vrabie, Romania, 03 Oct 2012 09:27
  • Walter Schneider, Romania, 03 Oct 2012 09:09
  • Banu Marcel, Romania, 03 Oct 2012 04:53
  • Stoian Ovidiu, Romania, 03 Oct 2012 04:07
    Comments: NU formatului Microsoft Office ca standard ISO.
  • Cristian Moldovan, Romania, 02 Oct 2012 20:58
    Comments: Susțin această inițiativă.
    Support this initiative.
  • BACIRCEA ZOLTAN, Romania, 02 Oct 2012 20:00
  • le vo huu tai, Vietnam, 01 Oct 2012 00:09
  • Hawa Mariko, Belgium, 27 Sep 2012 13:03
  • Marius Gavrilescu, Romania, 18 Sep 2012 14:20
  • KyooChan Cho, Korea, Republic of, 12 Sep 2012 00:30
  • alexandre peltier, France, 11 Sep 2012 12:11
  • Alexandr Kononov, Russian Federation, 23 Aug 2012 11:27
  • ismail hakkı, Turkey, 21 Aug 2012 19:25
    Comments: <HAYIR>
  • 王 远智, China, 10 Aug 2012 10:34
  • Uijin Chen, Taiwan, 07 Aug 2012 06:35
  • Jesse Lapere, Canada, 06 Aug 2012 23:17
  • Emanuele Rusconi, Italy, 29 Jul 2012 10:58
  • Luca Delpivo, Italy, 20 Jul 2012 06:28
    Comments: Standardization is a must!
  • Roque Velazquez, Mexico, 18 Jul 2012 02:49
  • renaud dargent, France, 02 Jul 2012 21:22
  • Lus Aguilar, Mexico, 28 Jun 2012 17:07
  • Lyubomir Krastev, Bulgaria, 20 Jun 2012 12:42
    Comments: Same-purpose software products should be able to use each other's document output without any issues. Interoperability rifts caused by closed formats and non-compliance to specification MUST NOT EXIST in this age of user choice and standardization. Say NO to vendor lock-in.
  • José Mesa, Spain, 15 Jun 2012 17:41
    Comments: NO a OOXML. Libertad para la información. NO a los monopolios.
  • Giovanni Conte, Italy, 14 Jun 2012 09:48
  • Pasquale Maccarone, Italy, 10 Jun 2012 17:12
  • Francois Beckers, Belgium, 07 Jun 2012 21:25
  • Ethan Wheeler, United Kingdom, 03 Jun 2012 12:17
    Comments: The ISO exist to create standards, not advocate vendor lock-in: the standardisation of OOXML would not help with their mission, but would instead hold them back in achieving it.
  • F. Faure, France, 25 May 2012 13:57
  • Nicole Sigaud, Brazil, 21 May 2012 15:07
    Comments: ISO group cannot bow to MS, this is immoral and certainly will stain forever ISO's credibility
  • Christian Zerbst, Spain, 09 May 2012 16:14
  • Simon Heimbach, Germany, 09 May 2012 09:07
  • Denis Haine, Canada, 08 May 2012 13:28
  • David Ayers, Austria, 02 May 2012 10:41
    Comments: If ODF doesn't meet the criteria needed to store someones Office implementation, then that some needs to take part in the ODF definition instead of undermining the integrity of an international Standards-Body by unilaterally defining their own standard.
  • Geza Ujvari, Hungary, 24 Apr 2012 19:28
  • Bora UZ, Turkey, 21 Apr 2012 09:40
    Comments: Kartele son
  • Siddhartha Ghosh, India, 20 Apr 2012 05:05
  • semih arslan, Turkey, 19 Apr 2012 08:29
    Comments: We do not want Microsoft Office
  • Zekeriya Bozkurt, Turkey, 19 Apr 2012 08:05
    Comments: HAYIR
  • Matthias Brinke, Germany, 17 Apr 2012 12:17
    Comments: I fear that OOXML standardisation would
    benefit mostly only Microsoft, and libre/open-source software development would be hindered.
  • rıdvan peker, Turkey, 16 Apr 2012 19:53
  • Can Yalçın Armutcuoğlu, Turkey, 12 Apr 2012 19:37
  • Suleyman Pasoglu, Turkey, 12 Apr 2012 09:07
    Comments: For Freedom F**K YOU microsoft
  • özgür ulusoy, Turkey, 10 Apr 2012 13:08
  • Asal nanaz, Iran, 10 Apr 2012 08:19
    Comments: ***بگذار عشق خاصیت تو باشد نه رابطه ی تو با کسی***
  • Maurizio D Aniello, Italy, 07 Apr 2012 08:22
  • Priyanka Darke, India, 06 Apr 2012 14:29
  • kumar vikas, India, 05 Apr 2012 14:14
  • Gabriele Castagneti, Italy, 04 Apr 2012 13:27
  • fatih oksuz, Turkey, 02 Apr 2012 14:26
  • Fevzi Özgür Nergis, Turkey, 01 Apr 2012 18:35
  • Sinan Biçici, Turkey, 31 Mar 2012 10:51
    Comments: standart adı altında özgürlüklere ve değişik fikirlere kısıtlama getirilemez.
  • Marin Dimitrov, Bulgaria, 27 Mar 2012 18:15
  • Ziya Develioglu, Turkey, 27 Mar 2012 15:19
    Comments: I do not want any enforce on my selection by standards ...
  • alp tekin, Turkey, 27 Mar 2012 13:56
    Comments: haaaayıııııır
  • alain spiltoir, Belgium, 24 Mar 2012 21:30
    Comments: les monopoles sont toujours dictatoriaux ...
  • Pedro Vílchez, Spain, 21 Mar 2012 19:20
  • Dmitriy Shikhaleev, Russian Federation, 10 Mar 2012 16:14
  • Zafer Ozsoy, Turkey, 08 Mar 2012 12:38
    Comments: Standardize and support open formats. Proprietary tech is just that, proprietary.
  • erdem eskiünürlü, Turkey, 08 Mar 2012 11:49
    Comments: özgürlükler engellendikçe hayal gücüde engelleniyor programcıları özgür bırakalımki daha güçlü birbirini kopyalamayan fikirler ile gelsinler
  • Serter GÖNEN, Turkey, 07 Mar 2012 23:45
    Comments: TEKEL'in sadece birası güzel,başka bir şekli değil!
  • Tolga ÖZEFE, Turkey, 07 Mar 2012 01:11
    Comments: Microsoft vb. firmaların tekelleşme çabalarına hayır diyorum.
  • Marcelo Puerta, Argentina, 06 Mar 2012 23:10
    Comments: No esposible aceptar la presión de una empresa,solo por el dinero que reparte... Lo propuesto por MS es una mamarracho, que busca seguir robando al usuario raptando su información en un estandar privativo.
  • Cem Çelebi, Turkey, 06 Mar 2012 21:23
  • Mustafa Usluer, Turkey, 05 Mar 2012 09:59
  • Cengiz Tek, Turkey, 04 Mar 2012 16:22
  • Fatih Tosun, Turkey, 26 Feb 2012 16:01
    Comments: Consider o spessific brand of bottled water is the standard. And you will have problems to drink tap water. Standardisation benefits for the people. Not for companies.
  • Murat Aksoy, Turkey, 24 Feb 2012 19:54
  • Baris Ergan, Turkey, 24 Feb 2012 19:09
  • Mihai Tatar, Romania, 22 Feb 2012 23:45

Total number of signatures: 94982

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