[ANSOL-geral] URGENTE: OOXML em Portugal - kayak Prize

Paulo Machado e Costa paulo.m.costa gmail.com
Quinta-Feira, 28 de Junho de 2007 - 02:08:25 WEST

Brussels, June 27, 2007 -- The Foundation for a Free Information
Infrastructure (FFII), said that it was putting up a 2,500 Euro prize in its
fight against Microsoft's attempt to gain international standardization for
its Office format.

Veteran FFII campaigner Benjamin Henrion, founder of the noOOXML.org site,
explains: "Microsoft is spending millions on rent-a-crowd support for
international certification for its proprietary Office format, OOXML. But we
already have an ISO standard for word processing, called ODF (Open Document
Format). OOXML is Microsoft's attempt to subvert this existing standard, to
keep its strangle-hold on the world of documents. It's time for activists
across the world to stand up, to reach out to their national ISO bodies, and
to explain why Microsoft's format is not open, not a standard, and not XML."

The FFII is putting its money where its mouth is. The team that makes the
best effort to helping the International Standardization Organisation (ISO)
fight off Microsoft's lobbying stands to win an FFII "Kayak Award",
consisting of 2,500 Euro and the chance to present their campaign at the
FFII's annual conference in November.

FFII president Pieter Hintjens explains: "In July 2005, before the vote on
the Software Patents Directive, a group of young campaigners took to kayaks,
in the waters outside the Parliament building in Strasbourg. They fought a
symbolic battle with industry lobbyists who had rented a yacht. The Kayak
symbolises individual skill and collective action."

To qualify for nomination for the Kayak Award, a team or campaigner must
show how they made a significant impact on the ISO process, "to defend ODF
and stop Microsoft's attempts to corrupt the international standards-setting
process", as Henrion puts it. "Anything goes: websites, letter-writing
campaigns, going to meetings, even kayaks."

The deadline for nominations is 31 August, and the award winner will be
announced on 30 September 2007.
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