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Submission + - FFII awards Microsoft "Best Campaigner against (noooxml.org) 1

HansF writes: Microsoft itself is the surprise winner of the FFII's "Kayak Prize 2007", offered by the FFII in its OOXML call for rejection of Microsoft's Office Open XML (OOXML) standards proposal. The software monopolist is honored as "Best Campaigner against OOXML Standardization".
FFII president Pieter Hintjens explains, "we could never have done this by ourselves. By pushing so hard to get OOXML endorsed, even to the point of loading the standards boards in Sweden, Denmark, Switzerland, Portugal, Italy, and beyond, Microsoft showed to the world how poor their format is. Good standards just don't need that kind of pressure. All together, countries made over ten thousands technical comments, a new world record for an ISO vote. Microsoft made a heroic — and costly — effort to discredit their own proposal, and we're sincerely grateful to them."

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  • Ten thousand comments is a lot, even if most are the same comment over and over ("NOOOOOOO!"). Maybe someone should contact the old Guinness BoWR and try to get OOXML installed as the most heavily criticized attempt at an ISO standard ever. Then again, because I like things of beauty and resent global monopolists messing with the international standards process, maybe I'm biased.

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