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RE: [xml-dev] "Open XML" et al... Blech... Re: [xml-dev] Microsoft buys the Swedish vote on OOXML?

I imply no such thing.  No is fine.  Do-over is fine.  Yes is fine.  The
system does favor 'yes' by the time the standards work starts.  On the one
hand we've said here that we favor standards from proven technologies and
otherwise specifications.  On the other, we quarrel over the source given it
is our competitor.   I don't think that is ever going to change.

Standards bodies are no more monolithic in their decision making than our
companies are.  There are factions.   One decided OOXML was worth doing.
Another set out to stop it.  And so go the politics of the standards game
fueled by the deep pockets of the competitors and fought by volunteers and
conscriptees.   Very predictable.

So I say again, process is all we have.  It's a bit of a dance but given
professional dancers, it looks good and we don't see too many toes stepped
on.  Pull dancers off the street, and well, it is a crowded floor. But that
is the way of the web and we cope with that too.

As to the BRM, Rick Jelliffe posted a good pointer to a blog that describes
that as well as I've seen it described.  


I'm not as concerned about the fate of OOXML or ODF as I am that the
customers needs are met within financial constraints, and that we not wound
the processes that do work when managed by smart experienced leaders.   

I am aghast at the way the OOXML v.s. ODF battle has been handled by the
large companies and the bit players.   But so is everyone it seems.


From: Jonathan Robie [mailto:jonathan.robie@redhat.com] 
Standards bodies are supposed to make decisions. Process is a way of 
making decisions. "Yes" and "no" are both examples of decisions that a 
standards body might legitimately make. Somehow, you seem to imply that 
"no" is not a valid decision.

Standard bodies are supposed to reach agreement among the major players. 
Sometimes, when one company proposes something,  it doesn't yet 
represent agreement. Sometimes objections by the other major players are 
an indication that you don't yet have agreement. Usually, parties on all 
sides have commercial interests. A standards body has to be extremely 
careful that players on either side of a controversy are not allowed to 
play games like the ones we've seen lately.

As far as I can tell, resolving the comments successfully would require 
significant changes to the documents, and I'm not sure that's allowed 
under Fast Track rules.

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