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 delays.
I’ve been up since 4:15 AM because I wanted to do this trip all in one day. I often have trouble sleeping the night before these early mornings because, I think, I’m nervous that I won’t wake up in time. I also work much later than I should the night before since I am basically a night person. When I did wake up this morning I had no idea why my alarm was going off and it took a couple of minutes before I remembered.
Next time I should leave a little note with an explanation. When I travel abroad, the note should say something like “Good morning, Bob. You are in London and you need to meet with so-and-so in 45 minutes.” I suspect others do this as already.
I had several meetings today about standards and open source adoption, with a lot of focus on ODF. In no particular order, here are some of the questions I was asked or asked of others. Please add comments with your own answers. I’ll use these questions, my views, and your input as the basis for future entries.
- Is Microsoft really serious about having 95 pages of clipart in their XML document spec? Doesn’t this mean that they’re really just saying “The draft XML spec in ECMA is just a dump of what we do in Office. Good luck in reimplementing it.”
- What can we do to establish ODF as the primary document standard to which we can convert all other documents as necessary?
- Will there be conversions from very old word processing formats like WordStar and Electric Pencil into ODF? Will there be open source implementations? If so, who will do them?
- What is the future role of DRM in government documents, both in day-to-day operations and for archiving?
- Will ODF implementations be tested and certified to guarantee interoperability?
- Will we see open source ODF SDKs to speed up the development of ODF tools and to help ensure interoperability?
- How do you see ODF and PDF both being used in your organization and what will be their relative roles?
- What are the roles of the ODF Alliance and OASIS ODF Adoption Committee?
- Will the ODF converter that Microsoft is sponsoring be a serious and high quality effort or will it offer a poor user experience and translation to encourage people to use their format instead?
- What will be the effect of Google joining the ODF Alliance? (Here’s some info: since the news broke of their joining, the ODF Alliance membership went up by 20 to about 260.)
What do you think? If you are responding to a particular question, please include the number.