[clug] Fwd: Help us fight OOXML in Australia

Sunnz sunnzy at gmail.com
Thu Jul 19 12:50:21 GMT 2007

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From: Pieter Hintjens <ph at imatix.com>
Date: 2007/7/19 下午 8:59
Subject: Help us fight OOXML in Australia
To: ph at imatix.com


Thanks for signing the NoOOXML petition.  143 Aussies signed the
petition so far, pretty good showing, though I think over a thousand
people signed in Portugal.

Unfortunately the Australian standards body seems to be totally
asleep, and the vote is being treated as an IBM vs. Microsoft thing.
When MS threatened New Zealand with sanctions if they did not support
OOXML, there was outrage.

Microsoft have been busy getting their business partners to lobby for
OOXML. http://blogs.msdn.com/ausdev/archive/2007/06/15/we-need-more-aussie-companies-supporting-office-open-xml.aspx

The US, Italy, South Africa, and Czech Republic have all said "NO" or
abstained in the last couple of days.  So I'm asking you to help in
Australia, to get universities, companies, and the press involved in
the debate, and quickly.  We only have a week or two left.

To start with, join our list on


Pieter Hintjens
President, Foundation for a Free Information Infrastructure (FFII)

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