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ODF… is a compact, efficient and streamlined specification that industry watchers agree does a good job of building on other standards and components. Documents saved in ODF rely on standards-based CSS formatting for fonts, can make use of standards-based Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) images, and are able to present equations and formulas in standards-based MathML markup language. … By contrast, the Microsoft OOXML specification takes what might be called a kitchen sink approach. The specification itself is famously 6,000 pages long when printed out.

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"Eighty percent of the changes were not discussed…It's like if you had a massive software project and 80% of it was not run through QA. …It's a big problem…I've never seen anything like this, and I've been doing this for 25 years."
Frank Farance (US HoD) in Computerworld

"The 3-step ISO/IEC ratification process is designed to allow the global community the opportunity to review a proposed specification, raise issues about it and work with the submitter to improve it before a final determination is made." C. Capossela, Microsoft Open Letter, March 16 '08

"If people say this whole ISO process is lousy, out of date and doesn't work anymore or is broken, I challenge anybody to make a new worldwide process." Jan van den Beld (CompTIA, former ECMA Sec Gen) in IDG/PCWorld

"The important thing for Microsoft is the impact this decision will have on purchasing from organizations that are required to abide by these standards, such as state and local governments" Chris Letocq(Guernsey Research) in Channel Web

"ISO doesn't matter anymore. They didn't matter because they were "The ISO", they mattered because they were a place where politics could be set aside and everyone could work together to make standards that work. That was a unique and precious thing. Now they're not these things anymore, and therefore, they are defunct. MS didn't drag themselves up a notch here, they just destroyed something special in the world because it got in the way of their dominance. A sad thing."

ShieldW0lf on a Slashdot comment titled "Moral of the story"

"The whole situation is absurd. Anyone trying to "improve" a document in such a situation, knowing that the rules of fast-track approval were never intended to be abused in such a way, is merely becoming party to the abuse. Fortunately, in spite of the efforts of Microsoft in trying to stack the committees, get countries into the meeting who've never attended before, fill the place with "Microsoft partners", the whole exercise seems to have collapsed into an embarassing mess." — Mark Kent replying to Jesper Lund Stocholm of Ciber DK.

"I'd say an NB can and should vote no because of problems in the spec, if they think they're problems that make it inappropriate for the proposed standard to be an ISO/IEC standard."Doug Mahugh, Microsoft OOXML pope responds to Rob Weir

“I am hoping that Standards Australia, and ultimately the world (through ISO) will vote no to OOXML being accepted as a standard at this point in time”…"If OOXML is accepted by ISO now, it is likely to further entrench Microsoft's monopoly position, and have a stultifying effect on the growing market of truly open collaboration and productivity tools" — Jeff Waugh, Open Source consultant

"OOXML will pass, MS Office will use its own, non-standard version of OOXML, governments will claim they are in compliance with laws requiring open standards, and the rest of us will be in the same boat we've been in for fifteen years. It's all quite sick." - Foobar, OOXML about to pass? Incredible irregularities reported

"Finally I call on users all around the world to look to Norway and follow the example we have set. Raise a storm of protest! Uncover the irregularities that have taken place in your country! Insist that your Governments change their vote to reflect the interests of ordinary people and not the interests of monopolists and bureaucrats." — Steve Pepper, Chairman of the Technical Committee in Norway

"Yes - I assume Microsoft is behaving like a normal, functional corporation and is seeking to secure and enhance its long-term profitability in all it does; submitting OOXML for standardisation is in accord with this behaviour. The standardisation procedure does not, however, seek to take account of this particular goal in any way." — Alex Brown, blog

"With the way they conducted the DIS29500 affair, ISO went too far to change the course now. They would loose their faces if they said they were mistaken. I wish there was a way to help them get out of this with only minimal loss, but I'm affraid the damage is too big. They would probably even accept total destruction of the organisation, in order to protect their personal interests. My journalist colleague told me that the loss of credibility of ISO and it's standards seems to be a non-issue both for MS and ISO itself. They just won't officially admit anything wrong could be happening."Anonymous comment, Groklaw: A Reminder: ISO's Code of Ethics & What Happens Next

"By the way, I have friends that have more experience dealing with ISO and they told me they are bureocrats exposed to lobby all the time. So again, what is written in a process rules document (as JTC1 Fast Track) really doesn't matter much. And probably many standards we use today were defined this way, not because they are good, but because somebody pushed them down to the throat through ISO. ISO is not reliable anymore."Avi Alkalay, IBM Brazil

"To me, Ecma is not a standards body. As evidenced by the DVD situation (which is ridiculous if you ask me), it's little more than a puppet with a pipeline through which vendors can pump their proprietary technologies into the ISO standardization process (avoiding the rigor that should normally be applied to anything up for consideratoin as an ISO standard). As such, the ISO is sort of a joke too."David Berlind, Award for Best Supporting Actor for a Traditional Lock-in Strategy Using "Open" for Marketing

"[Microsoft] said the next edition of Office - Office 2007, now expected early next year - will include menu options for XML, ODF and Adobe Systems’ PDF formats. The ODF support would include Office’s three main formats, namely Word, Excel and PowerPoint."CIO JUL 06, 2006

"We wish to make it completely clear that we support DIS 29500 becoming an ISO Standard and are in complete agreement with its stated purposes of enabling interoperability among different implementations and providing interoperable access to the legacy of Microsoft Office documents.”Jon Bosak, Sun Microsystems voting on OOXML at ANSI

"The sudden moves by Redmond point out two hard facts: It’s not nice to fool Mother Europe. If Microsoft says you’ve got five fingers on each hand, many people will insist on an independent count."Dana Blankenhorn, ZDNET: EU shows size of Microsoft credibility gap

"We are on the 14 th of May and OOXML is an ISO standard. Slight problem: there is no known specification or definitive draft of that ISO standard. "Charles-H Schulz, The standard that is not

"The problem for Microsoft is that if enough people believe Microsoft cheated, they won’t use the OOXML because they won’t trust it or Microsoft. In fact, I expect folks to use this belief as yet another reason to choose a non-Microsoft solution broadly."Rob Enderle , an 'independent' MS technology pundit blogs

"'The tech community at large' should not be confused with a small subset of it who are vocal on blogs." — Alex Brown, Consortiuminfo

"Not to put too fine a point on it, Microsoft is a bully. If a child behaved like Microsoft behaves, it would be sent to the bad corner."Graeme Philipson, What's up doc? Sinking Standards (Sydney Morning Herald)

"…it was those dolts at the EU that advised Microsoft to submit the OOXML to a standards body in the first place, fearing that Microsoft's rightfully earned dominance in that space might lead into a lock-in. Isn't it now very odd that the same EU would attempt to rain on OOXML's parade, and attempt to taint the process? Actually, it is not odd. The EU has shown itself to be an arrogant and incompetent institution. At least when it comes to Microsoft products and technologies. "John Obeto, Absolute Vista: rumors, innuendos, and outright lies!