Read the full post for more context-setting. I for one am glad this debate, at least in the ISO ballot domain, will soon be history.
Here are three questions: they are not the same:
- Does being pro-ODF require you to be anti-OOXML?
- Does being pro-ODF require you to be against DIS29500 mark II being accepted as an ISO/IEC standard?
- Does being anti-Microsoft require you to be anti-DIS29500?
A lot of the FUD over the last year has based on the idea that if you are anti-Microsoft you must be pro-ODF and if you are pro-ODF you must be anti-OOXML and if you are anti-OOXML you must be against the acceptance of DIS29500 mark II. It is George Bush-like simplification Either you are with us, or you are with the terrorists that tries to excluded any middle ground.
The logical fallacy here is called the fallacy of the excluded middle: the idea that reasonable people might reasonably disagree is not allowed. And thence to the imputation of corruption.