Why OOXML will not be an ISO/IEC standard in 2007

Even though the JTC1 ballot closes on September 2 on Microsoft’s product description for Microsoft Office, namely OOXML or DIS 29500, this will not become an ISO/IEC standard in 2007. This most pointedly means: At this time, you should make no policy decisions based on OOXML becoming an ISO/IEC standard…

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No is no, to OOXML

I’ve heard several reports of supporters of OOXML trying to get national standards bodies to change their votes from “NO with comments” to “YES with comments” because “it’s the same thing.” The logic, which I’ll explain in a later post, is that any comments will trigger a ballot resolution meeting,…

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IBM is still locked out of the Portuguese OOXML meeting

I just wanted to give you an update on the situation in Portugal regarding IBM’s participation in the standards meeting to decide on the Portuguese vote on OOXML. In spite of various communications, we are still locked out and will not be allowed to participate. Microsoft will be there, as…

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SOA, healthcare, University of Florida, and IBM

A very nice story broke yesterday about work that IBM is doing with the University of Florida to enable patient medical devices to be treated as services. There have been several press write-ups: “IBM, University of Florida Team Up on Smart Devices: IBM and the University of Florida are working…

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IEEE group changes voting rules

See the Network World article “IEEE 802.20 changes rules to prevent steamrolling”. The article includes the paragraph: The working group was suspended in June 2006 after allegations that Qualcomm was improperly trying to dominate the process and that its then-chairman, Jerry Upton, had identified himself as an independent consultant but…

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#3. Ubuntu Feisty Fawn and Second Life – A solution for Thinkpad T60p

I’ve written a couple of entries about my experiences running Second Life on Ubuntu Feisty Fawn (7.04). I got it to work just fine on a desktop with an NVIDIA card but not on my Lenovo Thinkpad T60p with an ATI card. My colleague Christopher Yeoh from IBM Australia has…

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Interoperability Specifications Pledge

This morning IBM announced a broad patent pledge that covers over 150 of the core software interoperability standards. These standards had all been previously given royalty free licenses, but from a variety of sources at a variety of times. This action simplifies and makes more consistent the intellectual property situation…

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Will virtual worlds save the standards process?

Packing. The drive to the airport. Getting through security and waiting for your plane. The flight(s), maybe on time. Taxis, cars, hotels, meals … Like the expenditures for other business trips, these are some of the real costs of developing standards. While a lot of standards work is done these…

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Andy Updegrove gives his views about OOXML to Massachusetts

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts in the United States is having a public review period for adding Microsoft’s OOXML document format (take proprietary Office formats, convert to XML, shake, please don’t print the 6000+ pages). Andy Updegrove has published his comments to the state over in his ConsortiumInfo blog in a…

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Comment on Microsoft, ECMA, and XPS

In the last couple of weeks I’ve run a two entries (here and here) regarding Microsoft’s submission of its XPS specification to ECMA. I raised some questions along the line that this was the OOXML situation all over again, namely forcing a proprietary product spec through a vendor organization and…

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OOXML in Massachusetts is not a done deal

See the PC World article “Massachusetts Puts Open XML Out for Consideration” where Bethann Pepoli, acting CIO of the Massachusetts Information Technology Division (ITD), said “Someone could submit a comment and we could make a review of ETRM and make changes,” she said. Those changes could include eliminating Open XML…

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Top Ten blog entries and some stats

Since I started experiencing the “CPU Exceeded” problems several weeks ago, I moved off Mint and exclusively to Google Analytics for my website statistics. Therefore these popularity rankings and stats come from that new source. The top ten most read blog entries in the last month in decreasing order of…

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Questions for your national standards body

As its supporters work harder and harder to get approval for its OOXML specification in the JTC1 Fast Track process, there are some very important questions that you should be asking your national standards bodies. These are the folks that represent you on the international standards stage and their actions…

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