What is all this about ?
Is this a good or a bad development ?
I don't know. Tomorrow I'll try to contact some of the involved politicians to get further information.
The good things are:
- The Parliament actually listened to us, when we said that EOOXML is not open.
- Nobody has asked questions about openness in ODF. We now have two years to improve the format.
- Microsoft now has two years to convince the Parliament. The FUD will continue and of cause Microsoft will try to get multiple implementations of EOOXML. Microsoft will obviously pay business partners to do so.
- The MP's shows that they are not ready to make a decision, after almost half a year with discussion and documents. They can see the reports, that shows all the benefits of open standards and that the only pro EOOXML is Microsoft related of payed by Microsoft directly.
There will be an election for Parliament in February 2009 at the latest. This could give us hope, because there probably will be a political shift (from right to left). Another government is realistic. So we hope that the current opposition will remember what they promised today.
The election on Ecma 376 for ISO adoption is very important. I think that the result of this will end up having huge impact on the final result.