ISO Ill at Ease Over OOXML
The nominal approval of OOXML last month unleashed an unprecedented outpouring of anger, with much of that ire directed at the ISO for failing to uphold basic standards during the process. This has prompted it to respond with a rather interesting FAQ in which it desperately tries to defend itself.
For example, try the following for size:
As stipulated in the ISO/IEC JTC 1 Directives under the section relating to the fast-track process, the criteria for proposing an existing industry standard for the fast-track procedure are a matter for each proposer to decide. In the case of ISO/IEC 29500, Ecma International considered that the fast-track procedure was appropriate.
Translation: don't blame us for the ridiculous fast-tracking, it was all ECMA's fault. Except that you would have thought that ISO might have some say on the matter - unless, of course, ISO is little more than a rubber-stamping service these days.
Then there's this: