[Fsf-friends] [Fwd: <NO>OOXML: Your action is required: Contact BIS now!]

Sunil Mohan Adapa sunilmohan at fsf.org.in
Fri Dec 7 15:28:00 IST 2007

Dear Friends,

I've recieved the following mail this morning asking to act on gathering
supporters and on finding out who is representing India in the Ballot
Resolution Meeting (BRM) for OOXML (deadline for selection is Dec 11).
Hope you all signed the petition.

Sunil Mohan

-------- Original Message --------
Subject: <NO>OOXML: Your action is required: Contact BIS now!
Date: Thu, 6 Dec 2007 18:59:22 +0100
From: Benjamin Henrion <bhenrion at ffii.org>
To: sunilmohan at fsf.org.in

Dear Sunil Mohan Adapa,

You signed the <NO>OOXML petition, a movement backed now by more than
70.000 supporters worldwide. Our effort to influence the OOXML (Office
Open XML) standardization process has been an astonishing success so
far. We aim for at least 100.000 signatures in February when the Geneva
Ballot Resolution Meeting (BRM) will convene with the aim to resolve

Microsoft is trying by all means to get its "standard" adopted without
substantial changes despite of its thousands of officially reported
technical flaws and the pre-existence of ISO 26300:2006 (OpenDocument,
ODF) as the most appropriate international standard for the
representation of office documents.

By next Tuesday Dec 11 2007 delegates from your National Standards Body
BIS who will participate in the BRM have to be announced to
ISO. At least Portugal and Ireland will be represented by Microsoft. In
many other countries, we know that Microsoft gold partners are proposing
themselves as heads of national delegations. Many of them will prevail
if we do not take action.

Will you let Microsoft represent your country at Geneva and decide the
future of OOXML?

You can make a difference and call now BIS at +91-1123237991 and help
us to find out:

  a. Who will represent BIS on DIS 29500 at the Ballot
     Resolution Meeting in Geneva?
  b. When will the decision on delegates be made and if BIS is
     aware of the Dec 11 deadline?
  c. Does your national delegates for the BRM are independent enough
     from Microsoft?
  d. Does the responsible Committee of BIS for DIS 29500 work
     on resolution proposals for all the 3500 comments tabled or - if at
     all - only for the national comments that they submitted?

Please report your findings by replying to this email, we will update
this page with the members of each national delegation:


More things that you can do to help our effort against this broken
standard proposal:

  1. Join our mailing list and get in touch with many other
  2. Become a member of FFII, the worldwide association leading the
     <NO>OOXML campaign:
  3. Become a member of DIGISTAN, the organization for the promotion
     of true digital open standards worldwide; please indicate your
     interests to: members at digistan.org
  4. Blog about OOXML which shapes the public debate; blogging has been
     instrumental to our success in Sweden for example;
  5. support our campaign work with financial means:

Best regards,

Benjamin Henrion <bhenrion at ffii.org>
<NO>OOXML Campaign leader

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