"Geneva, 1 April 2008. The International Organization for Standardization announced at a press conference that its processes are "broken" and "need radical reform". ISO president HÃ¥kan Murby told journalists that "the Microsoft OOXML process was a near-disaster and we want to make sure such a thing never happens again."

Murby outlined three major reforms that he promised would prevent the "near failure of the process" as he described it. First, all national technical committees are to be fully outsourced to Microsoft. Second, new ISO standards would be kept secret until published. Third, all countries that voted "NO" on OOXML would be banned from future participation..."

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10 years 42 weeks 20 hours 37 min ago


Wonderful news

After all that happened during the so called FastTrack process for OOXML proposal, I think ISO is doing the right decision by giving things proper names.

And I hope the public will know about irregularities at the national bodies and about how the members of technical committees were forced by one big company and its global network of business partners into approving the proposal that in its present form did not even deserve to be considered as a proposal.