Five Months Is Too Short
For his part, Rob Weir, a performance architect at
that if the five-month review represented a complete review of the proposed
specification's text, by those with relevant subject matter expertise, then
would have some confidence that all, or at least most, defects were detected,
reported and repaired.
"But I don't know anyone who really thinks the five-month review was
sufficient for a technical review of 6,045 pages. Further, we know that
Microsoft worked actively to suppress the reporting of defects by the national bodies,"
he said in a blog post.
law firm Gesmer Updegrove and editor of the ConsortiumInfo standards blog, summarized how many people
feel about the whole process. The daily events "have become part
of the same fractal pattern that has replicated itself over and over since
September of 2005, when
adopted ODF, putting document standards on many powerful companies' strategic
maps," he said.
"Since then, that pattern has spread dramatically, engulfing more companies, affecting more National Bodies in more countries, and invoking more campaigning on both sides. It's all very depressing, as well as predictable," he said in a recent blog post. "And it won't be over until it's over on March 29. Except, of course, it won't be over then, either. The battle then at hand will simply be the next battle, as the forces withdraw briefly from the field of this last one while the votes are counted." That is clearly evident in the public comments being made by the different parties about the recent Ballot Resolution Process in Massachusetts
Jason Matusow, Microsoft's director of corporate standards, said the meeting
was "an unqualified success," while Tim Bray, the director of
Web technologies at Sun Microsystems, said on his personal blog that "this was horrible, egregious, process
Geneva ISO should hang their heads in
shame for allowing it to happen."
IBM's Brill called the whole matter "the
six-month tragedy that is the
for Office Open XML," and said it should be redone.
"I can only hope, based on everything that has been documented, that it doesn't
end with an endorsement of this work. A lot of clearly smart people have
invested a lot of time, money and effort, but that doesn't make it best, good
or even right if the decision is driven by calendar and politics. This whole
thing should be a do-over," he said.
Andy Updegrove, a partner with