Adobe brings PDF fully to the external open standards process

Duane Nickull of Adobe has just announced that they are bringing PDF fully to the open standards process via AIIM and ISO. This effort will unify all the subprojects around standardizing parts of PDF (like PDF A for archivists) and also allow others to fully participate and contribute their intellectual…

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ODF adoption in South Africa

Hot on the news about the OpenDocument Format becoming a standard in Italy, we have this about adoption in the South African Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR): CSIR President and CEO Dr Sibusiso Sibisi, a well-known proponent of OSS and the driving force behind the CSIR’s adoption, comments:…

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#5. Contradicting Microsoft Office Open XML – The definitive statements

Groklaw has now finished in great detail the definitive case for why Open XML is problematic as a potential ISO standard, and certainly problematic to be shoved through a fast track process: “Deadline Looms to Express Concerns about ECMA 376 Office Open XML.” If upon reading this you feel you…

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Microsoft, ODF, Open XML, and Wikipedia

I have mixed feelings about editing Wikipedia. On one hand, if I think something should be in a particular piece, I’ll go ahead and edit it. On the other, it is frustrating when some anonymous person removes something that I think is important. I have no problems with it as…

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#3. Contradicting Microsoft Office Open XML – Groklaw

Hot on the heels of Andy Updegrove’s piece about the inherent problems with Microsoft’s Office Open XML spec as it hopes to get ISO standardization, we have an extensive piece on the same subject over at Groklaw: “Searching for Openness in Microsoft’s OOXML and Finding Contradictions.” This is quite a…

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#2. Contradicting Microsoft Office Open XML – Updegrove

Andy Updegrove has written a very nice piece called “The Contradictory Nature of OOXML” about some of the problems with Microsoft’s Office Open XML specification that it would like the ISO to adopt in addition to ODF. Toward the end he says: As the February 5 deadline for report ing…

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ODF is starting to take hold in Argentina

We have word from Argentina that ODF has been adopted by the Government of Misiones (a province in the north-east of Argentina): En consecuencia, se adoptan los siguientes formatos para documentos electr�nicos ofim�ticos: * El formato OpenDocument para los documentos que el receptor eventualmente deba modificar el contenido. * El…

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#1. Contradicting Microsoft Office Open XML

Microsoft and ECMA are now running the Microsoft Office Open XML specification through the ISO process and the first thing up is the contradiction period. This is the time when objections to the specification can be presented and then resolved, if possible. Here are two links to help you understand…

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