Some weeks ago I send a mail to the ISO member ON (Österreichisches Normungsinstitut) in austria to get more information on their decision on the ooxml fast track iso procedure.
Austria voted: yes with comments.
They didn’t send back a mail, so today I called the ON. After a short time I was forwarded to Karl Stumwöhrer, Dipl.-Ing.
I asked him some questions and this are the facts that I got from him
- There is no information about the ballot on their homepage
- There is no digital or written information available to the public
- The comments they made may be available from the ISO (because ON send them the comments)
- There are no obligations for the organizations inside the ON to inform the public about ballots and decisions
- Member of the group which decided where: microsoft, some people from the government, independent expert, telekom austria, …
But this is just an informal list which he gave me
- The comment they made was: There should be test mechanisms to check if a OOXML compliant application REALLY is compatible with the “OOXML standard”
Now theres the questions what to do. I find it unacceptable to have such an intransparent procedure.
Not being able to get information about how they decided, which people decided and what the result is. This is not acceptable
Does anybody has an idea who to contact and inform about the flaws in this systems? Or would it be wise to make public pressure (by contact the public media?