I do respect your feelings and passion about the issue and freedom in general.
while it is true idealy, but what you propose is not really practical
because there are some issues which can't be discussed on the mailing
list and we all know about those underhand money tactics which all
companies play to get ISO standard.
secondly ISO is about standards and not necessarily about "open "
standards. if it believes for example, that ooxml is a standard it
could be due to many reasons on and off the table.
the idea was not about "double " standards as you said, it is about a
community platform to approve open standards purely ment for freedom
of common man.
On 18/04/2008, Anoop Jacob Thomas <anoopjt(a)gmail.com> wrote:
Well what i felt like after reading this letter is "hey i dont like to be
part of this group, i will start another group". I dont think it is a good
idea to start a group for each purpose if one group can serve the purpose.
ISO is a standards organization and be it for business or anything, it
shouldn't have made such a mistake. And even if it has made a mistake, as a
member of the community i think it is our duty to correct it. ISO standards
are followed everywhere and our aim is to spread Free Software, people
should be Free and how can we keep quiet on seeing such a mistake where
people can be misled. Our aim is not to create double standards, and
creating another group/standard is equivalent to that.
We fight to get justice, people cannot be misled by a mistake caused by an
Organization. If it is not us, then who will do it?
Please see http://fsfeurope.org/documents/msooxml-questions.pdf
Find mail from ck.thrissur(a)gmail.com below:
Anoop Jacob Thomas
Trivandrum, Kerala (www.ilug-tvm.org
*On Fri, Apr 18, 2008 at 11:27 AM, CK Raju, Thrissur <ck.thrissur(a)gmail.com>
I think its futile to chase ISO anymore. We would only land up
spending our own creative energy which we can't afford to at this
" * Market-driven
ISO only develops standards for which there is a market requirement.
The work is mainly carried out by experts from the industrial,
technical and business sectors which have asked for the standards, and
which subsequently put them to use." .. in their own words at
Why should Free Software Foundation and other like minded
organisations allow ISO to take over software standards and make it -
only *market-driven* one ?
Its not difficult to realise that the *very conditions* that
necessitated a Standards Organisation to be promoted, are now
prevalent and omnipresent.
Why not create another organisation that develops standards for the
common world citizens to communicate with freedom ?
Shouldn't we ask ourselves now about this, and try to define the
*framework* that would set in motion a new organisation which would be
able to come out with Free/Open Standards after *defining* them in as
unambigous terms as possible ?
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