Bob Sutor has emerged from blogging about Second Life to once again attempt to threaten and intimidate national standards bodies.
"Those were the easy and straightforward ones. The following ones are more controversial, but I don't think anyone is naive enough to think they should not be considered.
- If you voted YES on this, are you willing to stake your professional reputation on that action?
- If you voted YES on this, can you personally attest to the high quality of the OOXML technology and the standards process it went through?
- If you voted YES on this, will you publicly explain why and also detail any current or planned commercial interests you have in common with the supporters of OOXML?
- If you previously did not support OOXML but recently changed your mind, will you publicly and in detail explain why you did this?
- Do you personally feel that OOXML helps the ISO and IEC "brands" related to quality of technology and process?"
I interpret this as Bob Sutor and IBM trying to intimidate national standard officials. I'm not sure how one would see it any other way than this. So Bob, I just have one or two questions of my own to add to the discussion:
- Are you tired of being bullied, threatened and criticized by IBM?
- Are you offended that a Vice President at IBM is calling your professional integrity into question?
- Have you been working on standards for 20 years or so and suddenly puzzled at why IBM is telling you how to interpret the rules?
- Does it seem strange for IBM to accuse Microsoft of having unclear IP policies, but then write almost exactly the same agreement?
I would have just commented this on your blog, but your "Open Blog" does not allow comments from people who don't agree with you on Open XML.
FYI that I'm not the only one who has a huge problem with this: http://www.oreillynet.com/xml/blog/2008/03/critical_questions_for_nationa.html