Microsoft and ECMA: Together again, doing it again

If you loved OOXML and the way that ECMA did exactly what Microsoft wanted, you’ll love the new working group around XPS, Microsoft’s home grown competitor to PDF. The current link for the new program is up on the ECMA website. Here’s what it says: Scope: The goal of the…

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No discussion topics were cut off by the OOXML Contradiction Period

I’m hearing reports that people in national standards bodies are being told blatantly false information about what they can and cannot discuss during the current JTC1 Fast Track process for OOXML. They are being told things, to paraphrase, like “the contradiction period decided that such and such was ok” or…

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ODF is not open source, but it is an open standard

I’m not sure if you’ve noticed this, but there’s been a curious conflation of the ideas of the open standard OpenDocument format (ODF) and the concept of open source. Now there has long been confusion between open standards and open source, and that’s why I wrote the four part series…

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Some analyst reports from “Virtual Worlds: Where Business, Society, Technology & Policy Converge”

The analyst reports from the virtual worlds conference last week are starting to come in. Here are a few: Gordon Haff of Illuminata: “Virtual Worlds Rising” Steve O’Grady of Redmonk: “MIT/IBM Virtual Worlds Conference: Not Converted, But Coming Around” Bruce Richardson of AMR Research: “The Current Reality of Virtual Worlds”…

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Video of “Virtual Worlds: Where Business, Society, Technology & Policy Converge”

Video from last Friday’s virtual world’s conference at MIT is now available in RealPlayer format. The links are available in the left-hand column of the agenda. In some cases, multiple sessions are contained in a single video segment.

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IBM and MIT present “Virtual Worlds: Where Business, Society, Technology & Policy Converge”

Today, IBM and MIT are hosting an conference about many of the current ideas, concerns, and opportunities associated with virtual worlds: “Virtual Worlds: Where Business, Society, Technology & Policy Converge”. I expect several stories about this to appear, and will add them to this entry as they appear. CNet: “IBM:…

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Which National Standards Bodies can vote regarding OpenXML/OOXML/DIS 29500?

I’ve gotten several emails about some confusion in national standards bodies about their eligibility to vote on OOXML for the JTC1 Fast Track ballot. They’ve been told several incorrect things by parties who will remain nameless along the lines of “you can’t vote” or “the way you voted in the…

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Virtual Technical Briefing in Second Life: Web 2.0

My IBM colleagues in developerWorks asked me to share the following: Join IBM developerWorks in Second Life for a virtual Web 2.0 Briefing on June 21, 2007 at 12:30 pm EDT/ 9:30 am PDT. During this briefing from IBM developerWorks you’ll see presentations on Web 2.0 technologies, a flash demo…

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Rational Software Development Conference comes to Second Life

My IBM colleagues from the Rational division of our software group asked me to share the following: As part of its commitment to the developer community, IBM is broadening the experience for conference visitors and avatars visiting IBM CODESTATION, in the virtual world of Second Life. During RSDC this year,…

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#4. My virtual world requirements – Multiple platforms for clients

In the first three parts of this series, I’ve looked at my basic requirements for virtual worlds, the need for more artificial intelligence, and some scenarios for moving information and assets among virtual worlds. This requirement is much faster to describe, and it is simply that the virtual world client…

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#3. My virtual world requirements – World-to-world scenarios

In this series of entries (#1 and #2) I’ve been discussing my requirements for what I might consider the “ideal” virtual world for business, which I’ve mostly interpreted as “making Second Life better by adding or stealing features.” The purloined features, if you will, would come from other virtual worlds…

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“Achieving Openness: a closer look at ODF & OOXML”

Here is an excellent summary of the salient differences between the OpenDocument Format (ODF) and Microsoft’s Office Open XML format. I strongly recommend everyone considering OOXML/OpenXML take a look at it before either supporting it as an ISO standard or adopting it directly. This is an example of buyer beware.…

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#2. My virtual world requirements – Good AI

This is the sixth item of a list started in the previous entry, “#1. My virtual world requirements – The basics.” Artificial Intelligence, or AI, is one area where both single player and multiplayer online games have a huge advantage over Second Life right now, but that, again, is by…

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