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Microsoft Looks for the Big Guns in OOXML In-Fighting

Bill Gates has reportedly been making phone calls to the Secretary of Defense and the Secretary of Commerce to push the American National Standards Institute to ignore the votes of its advisory committees and vote "yes" on ISO standardizing Microsoft's Open Office XML (OOXML) format, the one in competition with the OpenDocument Format (ODF) pushed by IBM and Sun.

Gates reportedly picked up the phone when the last INCITS ballot failed by one vote to support Microsoft.

The only trouble with getting the US government involved in voting "aye" is that because of the way OOXML handles XML Scheme the government will have to break its own rules to use it.

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