Factoring Standards

One of the issues that keeps coming up in the standards world is the notion of what it means to produce a “compliant” or “conforming” implementation. From a standards perspective, you want people to really implement the exact standard and not do variations that break interoperability. These variations might be…

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Letter from IBM to Secretary Trimarco reaffirming support for ODF and the Massachusetts process

We just sent this to Secretary Trimarco’s office in the Massachusetts State House. The Honorable Thomas Trimarco Secretary, Executive Office for Administration & Finance Commonwealth of Massachusetts State House, Room 373 Boston MA, 02133 Dear Secretary Trimarco: With all the recent activity around document formats and the strong leadership position…

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More Massachusetts/Microsoft discussion

Two new articles/opinions came out today on what is going on with document formats. The first is an OpEd piece in CNet called “Massachusetts assaults monoculture”. Truly open standards that are built by a community will likely engender multiple implementations thereby driving competition, innovation, and lower costs. If a “standard”…

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More tidbits re the ECMA development

Here are a couple of interesting links regarding the Microsoft XML Formats and their move to ECMA. ECMA is basically a RAND (reasonable and non-discriminatory licensing) organization, vs., say the W3C, which RF (royalty free). While Microsoft has issued a covenant not to sue, what will the situation be for…

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Some comments on Microsoft’s Office XML plans regarding ECMA

As I mentioned earlier this weekend, I was away when the news broke about how Microsoft is planning to push its XML formats through ECMA and then perhaps ISO, thereby creating an “open” standard. As I’ve stated before, it is naive to have multiple definitions for “open” and we should…

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Some content on Microsoft’s move to “standardize” their XML formats

Here are a few links to aricles and blog entries on Microsoft’s intention to take its Office XML formats through ECMA and then eventually through ISO. I’ll follow-up with an entry that looks at some of the openness metrics and what this means. CNet: “Microsoft’s standardization move divides experts” Stephen…

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Writely now supports ODF

Several weeks ago I mentioned that Writely, a web-based word processor, would support ODF. Evidently that is now the case. Here’s a bit from their press release: Portola Valley, CA (PRWEB) November 21, 2005 — Writely (www.writely.com), The Web Word Processor, today released support for OpenDocument Format (ODF), the open…

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Free download of WebSphere Application Server Community Edition

IBM WebSphere Application Server Community Edition, Version 1.0 is a lightweight Java(TM) 2 Platform, Enterprise Edition (J2EE) application server built on Apache Geronimo, the open source application server project of the Apache Software Foundation. You can download it for no cost from here. Both Linux/Intel and Windows versions are available.…

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Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney comes out in support of OpenDocument Format decision

CRN is running a story (with a somewhat misleading headline) “Mass. Gov Backs OpenDoc Policy But Distances Himself From Decision: Mitt Romney gives credit for OpenDoc policy to CIO”. The only “distancing” that is going on is that he is giving state CIO Peter Quinn credit for the decision, which…

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ODF odds and ends

I’ve fallen behind a bit in my linking to ODF-related bits on the web, but here are some of the recent things that I think are worth looking at: Government Computer News: “Mass. reference model stirs controversy over open formats “ Another indication that this discussion is moving away from…

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Neumont University faculty job offering

Neumont University is looking for a new computer science faculty member. Why mention it here? We help sponsor them, plus they are “especially interested in candidates whose experience and interests are in the areas of ‘Open Information Technologies’, including Services Oriented Architecture, Open Source, Web Services, Java, IBM Rational and…

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