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RE: [xml-dev] Microsoft buys the Swedish vote on OOXML?

Matusow indicated that it was being rectified.   I doubt that it was MS
policy.  Probably one very eager beaver.   Still, point made. 

Standards are becoming a sordid business.  If this goes as other events
have, someone will dig up bribery on the other side.  And so it will go.

Rick Jeliffe made a good point:  the  anti-OOXMLers are not the same as the
anti-MS crowd.  The pro-ODFers are not the same as the anti-MS crowd.  The
pro-OOXMLers are not the same as the pro-MS and so on.  The problem is the
news worthy events are the extremes of the polarities.

The losers are the customers.  A tar ball dirties not only those it hits,
but the hands that pick it up to throw it.


From: Dennis Sosnoski [mailto:dms@sosnoski.com] 

It's now clear that bribery *was* part of the process, with the emails
from Microsoft promising extra "marketing contributions" as a payoff for
voting for Open XML:

Anyone know if Karl Rove is now consulting for Microsoft?

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