IBM Open-Standards Leadership Recognized by Automotive Industry Action Group

See the (aptly named) press release “IBM Open-Standards Leadership Recognized by Automotive Industry Action Group”. From the intro: DETROIT, MI — (MARKET WIRE) — 08/31/2005 — IBM announced today that it has received the Automotive Industry Action Group’s (AIAG) Outstanding Achievement Award in recognition of the company’s 2004 contributions to…

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The State of Massachusetts and the OASIS OpenDocument Format

The State of Massachusetts has just published a new draft version of their Enterprise Technical Reference Model (PDF). In the section labeled “TECHNOLOGY SPECIFICATION: OASIS OPEN DOCUMENT FORMAT FOR OFFICE APPLICATIONS (OPENDOCUMENT)” they state Description The OASIS Open Document Format for Office Applications (OpenDocument) is a standardized XML-based file format…

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Slashdot entry on the US Copyright Office and browser support

This appeared yesterday on Slashdot: “US Copyright Office Considering MSIE-only website”. This is my personal opinion, but I don’t think my government should be telling me what browser I must use to access its websites, especially with all the work and standards compliance that has gone into Firefox, Opera, and…

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Standards and open source: they are not unrelated

This particular entry was motivated by my reading Jonathan Murray’s blog entry on “Open standards and open source.” Jonathan kindly pointed to a previous blog entry of mine and I want to make a clarification. It is not a rebuttal to Jonathan’s piece, but more of a launching pad for…

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IBM, Firefox, and Accessibility

See the article in InternetNews: “IBM Donates Code to Firefox”. I’ll post some more links later today. Update: Here is the press release: “IBM Contributes Open Source Code to Make FireFox Browser More Accessible”. Update #2: Here’s another link, this time to ZDNet: “IBM helps Firefox reach disabled”. Update #3:…

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Openness and the extension of open document formats

Rupert Goodwins has a comment piece over in ZDNet UK that takes a different tack on the idea of openness via considering “degrees of freedom.” It’s very thoughtful and has some good ideas. I’m still thinking of my idea of an openness report card for specifications. Like different subjects in…

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