IBM voted to reject ECMA openXML standard (TC45)

Over on Cliff Reeves’ blog a ran into a post about Microsoft filing for the ECMA standard for OpenXML. What I didn’t know was that IBM aparently heaviliy lobbied against it …

…It’s worth noting that IBM lobbied heavily to prevent ECMA from working on Open XML. It’s possible that IBM’s motives have little to do with long-term document access and the pursuit of standards. Exclusive support for ODF (thus blocking the use of Microsoft Office) would provide a much-needed market lift for IBM’s new Workplace product, which relies entirely on ODF and Open Office.

There’s nothing wrong with competing, but Is that what standards leadership is for?…

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Peter de Haas
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