I can keep this post nice and short. Patrick Durusau has responded to some pretty harsh accusations from Rob Weir. (I guess I got the answer to my question about the disconnect within the ODF TC.) I guess Nick Tsilas should feel vindicated, at least a little bit.
"If you need further proof, consider that months before Rob Weir started his "NOOXML" site that I advised IBM that the best strategy in this matter would be "Yes to OpenXML, No to DIS 295000." My reasoning being that supporting the notion of an OpenXML would put Microsoft in a position of not being able to refuse useful corrections or additions to OpenXML and still allow reasonable opposition to DIS 29500. I won't report IBM's reaction to that suggestion but I think you can guess its general tenor from what has followed.
Speaking strictly for myself, I have better things to do than butting and braying on behalf of IBM.
March 12, 2008
Speaking of accusations, I have never met Patrick Durusau.
Gray looks into some of the recent thoughts from Patrick Durusau: http://blogs.technet.com/gray_knowlton/archive/2008/03/12/within-minutes.aspx
Gray looks into some of the recent thoughts from Patrick Durusau: http://blogs.technet.com/gray_knowlton
I agree that IBM isn't behind all or even numerically most of the anti-OpenXML reactions. Its employees are just opportunistic agitators who give a platform to--and stoke the anger of--more fringe elements of the anti-Microsoft community in order to get an outcome that's slightly commercially favorable to them. IBM is the key enabler that allows this (mostly but not entirely) irrational element to enter into the International Standards process rather than being confined to Slashdot where it belongs.