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Remedies? The nuclear option
Authored by: Anonymous on Monday, October 22 2007 @ 07:01 AM CDT
This is quite mad. :-)

The EU asked MS to submit its formats for internationalization tool.   Many, perhaps most, IT standards come championed by commercial interests: MS is not the exception at all.  Governments have over the years encouraged ISO and standards bodies because they help industry and consumers, so they are hardly likely to wake up surprised that the ISO process is being used for what it was designed for...

And where are governments suddenly going to get the expertise in standards matters?  Governments have traditionally supplied very few participants or experts: similarly, academics are not at the coalface enough to be strong participants, often. Without buy-in from vendors a standard is useless, because it is very difficult to force a company to support a standard by law: indeed, it can be a restriction of trade against treaties. 

Good Luck!
Rick Jelliffe
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