One of the wonderful things of being part of the global OpenDocument Format and open standards communities is to see the great work done by so many independent people. I think the ideas and the the range of software that will be developed from here on out will 1) solve real interoperability problems beyond a single vendor’s market needs, 2) drive new thinking and innovation that make information work for us rather than keep us locked into the proprietary visions of those who think they know what is best for us, and 3) show just what communities of smart, inspired people can do to make us more productive and, well, smarter. It’s refreshing, actually.
Here are a few things that I saw today that I think you need to read:
- Google’s Jeremy Allison’s opinion piece at ZDNet called “Crushed by the Wheels of Industry.” He says, in part:
Please help support Open Document Format in your local or national government, community or school. As you may have noticed if you follow the press, there’s a lot of lobbying going on for and against, and it needs all the popular support it can get. If you don’t you might end up getting left with the tower of babel document formats we have now, where people who can’t afford to buy proprietary office software can’t communicate with their government or most businesses. This isn’t good for them, and isn’t good for society as a whole.
Make sure you note how Microsoft tries to get new computer users tied into OOXML in the trial version of Office 2007. Just say no, if that’s how you feel.
- The “Presentations from ODF Workshop at the 2007 OASIS Symposium.” These include
- Michael Brauer on ODF Past, Present and Future
- Peter Brunet on ODF Accesibility
- Rob Weir on ODF Programmability
- Michael Brauer on the OpenOffice.org ODF Toolkit Project
- Alan Clark’s Discussion on Interoperability
- Rob Weir’s ODF Interoperability – The Price of Success
The presentations are in PDF format. Wonder why, rather than in ODF format? Here’s what I had to say a few weeks ago on the topic.