April 2008

Tipping Points

I am tired, but was composing an article on the OOXML fall out. Groklaw got there first, because PJ is tireless. She says:

"Anyone, then, from this day forward who is naive enough to believe a single word from Microsoft needs to see a doctor right away. That is the single most important positive result from this OOXML process, as far as I'm concerned. Now we know.

ISO/IEC DIS 29500 receives necessary votes for approval as an International Standard

Posted on: April 2, 2008 - 21:28 By: carl

And here it is, just for completeness.

I can see why it took two days to write... it's one of the most neutral, watertight press releases I have seen. Even when they do digress into an area of possible contention (i.e. what the standard is allegedly for) they point the origin of the claim directly back at the originating party.

Well, I wish them all the best with that one. I'm sure they'll be very happy together.

ISO to announce Microsoft Open XML result Wednesday

Posted on: April 2, 2008 - 09:15 By: carl

That's according to Reuters anyway... The Internet is of course leakier than a leaky thing and information is starting to pop up all over the place. The Register, for example, is running "ISO puts OOXML announcement on ice" as a headline with a link through to a pdf it claims is the official result. If true, it makes for an interesting read.