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I read that differently
Authored by: Anonymous on Thursday, October 25 2007 @ 02:14 AM CDT

I don't know much about EU law, but as a British citizen I can safely say that any law which the press could spin as "Eurocrats ban Word" would be completely politically untenable in the UK, and would be lobbied pretty hard against by our government.

I realise this is bad in many ways, including the way it confuses the file format with the application, but tabloid newspapers aren't renowned for their fairness or attention to technical details when a juicy headline is available.

- Andrew

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Being small gives a different perspective
Authored by: Anonymous on Thursday, October 25 2007 @ 06:28 AM CDT
"Net net, what I'd suggest is that you look to the past history of how the EU has actually exercised its purchasing power vis-a-vis ISO/IEC adopted standards.  That's probably the most significant data - and what the vendors involved will certainly be looking to, rather than the WTO."

I think the point is that I am from a small EU country that found out the hard way that it doesn't pay to game the EU competition commisioner, even when she is Neelie Kroes (whom we know from the past). Our administration lost hundreds of millions (if not even more) for flouting the EU rules on tenders.

While the US can afford to tumb its nose to the WTO, my country cannot do that. The retaliation of the bigger countries would be devastating. That does give us a different perspective about the strength of the WTO rules and the way ISO standards work out in procurement.

But I leave these matters to people who know more about that.

Winter
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