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OOXML Payback Time as Global Standards Work in SC 34 "Grinds to a Halt"
Authored by: Anonymous on Wednesday, October 17 2007 @ 02:28 AM CDT
Rule 1.7.4 of the ISO/IEC directives part 1, procedures for the technical work :

1.7.4 A technical committee or subcommittee secretariat shall notify the Chief Executive Officer if a P-member of that technical committee or subcommittee has been persistently inactive and has failed to make a contribution to 2 consecutive meetings, either by direct participation or by correspondence, or has failed to vote on questions submitted for voting within the technical committee or subcommittee (such as new work item proposals).

Upon receipt of such a notification, the Chief Executive Officer shall remind the national body of its obligation to take an active part in the work of the technical committee or subcommittee. In the absence of a satisfactory response to this reminder, the national body shall automatically have its status changed to that of O-member.

Can we please move on, now?

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OOXML Payback Time as Global Standards Work in SC 34 "Grinds to a Halt"
Authored by: Andy Updegrove on Wednesday, October 17 2007 @ 04:42 AM CDT

Andrew,

I don't have the time at the moment to go back through prior posts and links to gather the data, but I think there's a pretty strong foundation for the assertions.  In those countries with big surges in membership at the national level of which I'm aware, those that attended (as in Sweden) were documented as being Microsoft partners, and voted overwhelmingly in such a way as to confirm that conclusion.  Moreover, pro-ODF companies that were newly arrived tended to be from companies with genuine skin in the game, such as Google, rather than random ISVs, with little discernible reason to be there, as in the case of those that voted in favor of OOXML.

The same thing happened at the SC 34 level, where the great majority of the new members and upgrades voted for adoption, almost all without comments.

So while there certainly have been examples of "whispering," this doesn't seem to be one of them.  I think that the assumptions here are well substantiated by facts that strongly support them.

  -  Andy

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