OOXML triggers demonstration in Norway: "Let's throw OOXML out of ISO"
People were demonstrating today in Oslo in front of the ISO SC34 meeting against the adoption of Microsoft OOXML as an ISO standard, and especially against the behaviour of Standards Norway, who voted Yes to the specification, despite a lack of support by a majority of the technical committee. Geir Isene is reporting about the demonstration:
Friends, Bloggers, Free Coders, Supporters of Open Standards!
We are not here today in order to bash Microsoft.
We are here because we believe in open standards.
We are not even here today because we are opposed to OOXML.
We are here because we are opposed to OOXML as an ISO standard.
We are not here because we want to discredit the ISO.
We are here because we want to defend ISO's integrity.
We are here because we want to draw attention to the scandalous behaviour of the people in Standard Norway whose job it is to represent Norwegian users and software vendors.
And we are here because we want to prevent the adoption of a damaging IT standard in Norway.