FSFE ignoring OOXML?

MJ Ray mjr at phonecoop.coop
Tue Apr 24 08:22:59 UTC 2007

There's just been a call for help on a debian mailing list.
In amongst it, it includes the phrase "I did not get a response
from the Free Software Foundation Europe."  What's happened?

> From bounce-debian-project=mjr=phonecoop.coop at lists.debian.org Tue Apr 24 06:41:23 2007
> Date: Tue, 24 Apr 2007 07:41:08 +0200
> From: "Torsten Werner" <twerner at debian.org>
> Reply-To: mail.twerner at googlemail.com
> To: debian-project at lists.debian.org
> Subject: ballot period for ECMA 376 / DIS 29500 (aka OOXML)
> List-Id: <debian-project.lists.debian.org>
> Hi,
> I want to remind you that the ballot period about Microsoft/ECMA
> office document format  runs until the beginning of September and
> national ISO bodies have to vote about the fasttrack process.
> Microsoft is very active in this process, free software people are not
> as far as I know, e.g. I did not get a response from the Free Software
> Foundation Europe. The risk of a successful standardization of OOXML
> is the marginalization of ODF (ISO 26300) which would make migrations
> from non-free software to free software more difficult in the long
> run.
> If you are interested in preventing that scenario please take action
> *now*. Contact your national ISO bodies and tell them your interests.
> In Germany you can become a member of DIN's working group. I can
> explain the details if someone is interested. Maybe that is possible
> in other countries, too.
> A good starting point for more information is
> http://www.groklaw.net/article.php?story=20070123071154671 .
> Cheers,
> Torsten
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