Here's an event you might like to know about. 4Linux in Brazil has a live podcast show and the next theme is "Microsoft, Open source e Interoperabilidade com OpenXML". I bet you can figure it out even if, like me, you don't know Portuguese. Yes, a show about Microsoft, Open Source and "interoperability" with OpenXML. A Microsoft representative will be there. You can presend the show questions to ask Microsoft's representative. Some of the questions will be read and answered in English. And after the live feed, there will be an English translation available for download here.
The show is August 2, at 14:00 GMT. It's in response to the last show, where ODF was the topic. Microsoft is being given equal time. A snip from the press release:
In this program, Microsoft will present the advantages of adopting its OOXML standard.
The internet users can participate sending questions by e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org , that will be live delivered to Microsoft's representative. Some English questions were already done by people as Eben Moglen - professor of Columbia Law School, Evan Leibovith - former president of Linux Professional Institute (LPI) - and Jon "Maddog" Hall - Linux International president.
I am guessing you have a few questions you'd like to ask, and probably you'd enjoy listening to the podcast to hear the answers.
I have a question. In the notes from a member of the technical committee in Portugal on OpenXML, Rui Seabra, a proponent of Microsoft's technology, Stephen McGibbon, was quoted as having said this: "OASIS rejected Microsoft's proposals and expelled/excluded the Microsoft representative because the proposed changes would add backward compatibility to legacy documents." I would like to know the name of that representative, since I have researched the point and can find no such event. And if that is misinformation, has the technical committee been so informed?