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

Well somewhere in one of the earlier threads someone described a
second hand report from an impeccable source that some of the new
members had asserted they had been told what to say and had their
membership fees paid and they did not understand the subject. If this
is the case I suppose they could be not especially technical and still
go, they could be the dreaded marketing people.

Bryan Rasmussen

On 9/4/07, Dave Pawson <davep@dpawson.co.uk> wrote:
> Elliotte Harold wrote:
> > Yes, I do. For one thing, in at least the U.S. and possibly other
> > jurisdictions, what I propose is a legal concept that can lead to civil
> > damages and perjury charges.
> >
> > More importantly, at least some people actually take such statements
> > seriously and are hesitant to affirm blatant falsehoods. Engineers and
> > scientists in particular find it very hard to flat out lie or even
> > dissemble in situations like this.
> > Now if it were PR folks or salespeople who were joining the standards
> > processes, then I suspect they would probably just go ahead and lie
> > through their teeth without a second thought.
> But surely its the marketing / sales people that are paying for this
> Elliotte, and hence are calling the tune? Vote this way or that.
> If the engineer objects, find another engineer that wants a trip to X
> and will vote as 'the company' wants.
> Perhaps my cynicism matches Bryans.
> regards
> --
> Dave Pawson
> http://www.dpawson.co.uk

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