Today’s ODF news

Sam Hiser has published a piece called “What is ODF?” over at ONLamp.com. The ODF Alliance just released a press release “ODF Alliance Congratulates Malaysia on Preliminary Designation of OpenDocument Format as Malaysian Standard.” Here’s an excerpt: WASHINGTON, July 27 /PRNewswire/ — The OpenDocument Format Alliance (ODF Alliance), a broad…

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Alfresco announces ODF support for content management

This press release came out on Wednesday: “Alfresco Announces Support for Open Document Format; Alfresco Launches ODF Virtual File System at OSCON.” Here’s an excerpt: LONDON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–July 26, 2006–Alfresco Software Inc., the first provider of an open source enterprise content management solution, today announced full Open Document Format (ODF) support…

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3 quick OSCON notes

Adam Trachtenberg of eBay just said in the “PHP Lightning Talks” session that last quarter 52% of all all eBay item postings were done via the web services interfaces, versus manually. [Update: See Adam’s clarification in the comments.] Chrs DiBona’s and Mark Lucovsky’s talk on Google progress on open source/standards…

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Rob Weir: How ECMA MOO-XML is bringing back dead Microsoft specs and skipping open standards

Rob Weir’s latest blog entry “Cum mortuis in lingua mortua” delves into VML, an old Microsoft spec that went out of fashion and acceptance years ago, and SVG, a W3C spec that has been a standard for 5 years. Would you be surprised that the ECMA MOO-XML spec uses VML?…

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Breaking news: IBM, Nokia, and others join in patent pledge to accelerate OSGi adoption

This press release is just out: “Leading Tech Companies Unite to Boost OSGi Technology with Royalty-Free Patent Pledge; Plan Will Encourage Use of Open, Dynamic Software Components in Computers and Devices That Use Java“. Here’s an excerpt: SAN RAMON, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–July 26, 2006–Five high-technology companies and the OSGi(TM) Alliance announced…

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ODF picking up speed in Malaysia, proposed to be a national standard by end of year

Hasan is reporting today in the Open Malaysia blog that the OpenDocument Format has been proposed to become a Malaysian Standard by the end of this year. Nice work, folks! We hope to repeat this about a hundred or so more times around the world. Looking good. A couple of…

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Microsoft, OOXML, backward compatibility, and secret rules

Rob Weir’s latest blog entry, “A game of Zendo,” looks at the backward compatibility issue that Microsoft repeatedly hypes as the justification for much of what they are doing with MS OOXML (MS-OOXML? M-OOXML? MOO-XML?). Here’s an excerpt: Microsoft is playing Zendo with the Office XML specification. The Master has…

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InformationWeek article + some thoughts

David Gardner just published an article based on an interview we did this morning about the ODF Alliance and recent ODF news concerning Google and Microsoft. It is up to Google to say what they want about this, but, as I noted last night, ODF Alliance membership jumped by 20…

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Things considered “nice to have” in the MS converter: tables, colors

Rob Weir just posted his second entry of the day where he is looking at the current capabilities of the ODF converter that Microsoft is sponsoring: “Lost in Translation.” He notes that the planned features are woefully short of what any reasonable user would consider necessary. Also, the current translation…

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Latest ODF Alliance Newsletter – 14 July, 2006

Here’s the latest ODF Newsletter that I’ve taken the liberty of embedding in full. If you want to subscribe yourself, here is the link. Microsoft Announces Development of OpenXML/ODF Translator Tool According to Microsoft, the tool, which will essentially be installable plug-ins, will provide two additional menu items – “OpenODF”…

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Early morning, late night

It’s a little bit before 9 PM and I’m sitting in an airport (surprise, surprise) waiting for my flight which has been delayed for an hour and one-half. This happens more than I like to think about. Humid summer weather on the East Coast means thunderstorms somewhere, which means flight…

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