Next week

Next week this blog will return to its regularly scheduled breadth of programming which has been interrupted for various reasons such as the expanding OOXML debacle, Summer, and other things. I hit the road on Sunday for Europe and will end the week in Poland at the 17th Economic Forum…

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Must Read: Andy Updegrove on the Linux Foundation’s NO Recommendation on OOXML

There’s nothing more I could say here that Andy hasn’t brilliantly described in his blog entry, so go read “Linux Foundation Releases Statement Calling for National Bodies to Vote “No” on OOXML.” Andy goes deeply into the reasons why OOXML is fundamentally flawed and should be rejected as a proposed…

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Last minute OOXML voters welcome

One little detail that many people do not know about the current voting rules on Microsoft’s Office product specification OOXML, now at the end of the Five Month Ballot for JTC1, is that there are two main classes of voters: “P” members and “O” members. The “P” is for “Participating”…

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Microsoft cannot resolve OOXML JTC1 ballot comments

It is not the responsibility of Microsoft to resolve the many technical comments that have been presented on OOXML within the JTC1 ballot promise. They cannot promise to fix them. It is the responsibility of ECMA to handle this, since ECMA formally submitted the specification for Fast Track approval. ECMA…

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On standards and quality

In the United States we have a magazine called Consumer Reports. Their mission is Consumer Reports® and ConsumerReports.org® are published by Consumers Union, an expert, independent nonprofit organization whose mission is to work for a fair, just, and safe marketplace for all consumers and to empower consumers to protect themselves.…

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Malaysia move to ODF and open standards picks up speed

From ZDNet Asia “Malaysia formally embraces open doc format”: “These discussions centered on open formats, particularly as they relate to office documents, their importance for the current and future accessibility of government records, and the relative ‘openness’ of the format options available to us,” Nor Aliah explained. The study will…

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The Peer-to-Patent: Community Patent Review project

If you’ve followed the things I’ve discussed over the last three years in this blog, you’ll note that while I’ve talked about open source and standards, I’ve also discussed patent pledges and some of the things that IBM has done to improve patent quality. This entry has some information about…

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An “OOXML is a bad idea” blog entry compendium

I thought I would put together a list of some of my blog entries that touch on the OOXML issue now being considered in the JTC1 Fast Track Procedure. This isn’t everything I’ve ever written, but it includes most of the main points. I’ve also included a few related entries.…

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Project management via open source and open standards

Rob Weir sent me some links to an open source effort called OpenProj which aims to take on Microsoft Project. Evidently the project owners would like to integrate it into OpenOffice.org or, I would guess, at least make it compatible. ZDNet Blogs: “Microsoft Project to get open source competition” (try…

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Google becomes an OIN licensee to spur innovation, protect Linux

Per the press release: San Francisco (August 7, 2007) Open Invention Network (OIN), the company formed to spur innovation and protect the Linux System, today extended the Linux Ecosystem with the signing of Google as its first end-user licensee. By becoming a licensee, Google has joined the growing list of…

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Secrets and anonymous comments

Every once is a while I get an anonymous comment or a tip about something that happened in “closed” standards meetings. This is especially true lately where the various national bodies are deliberating whether they should support Microsoft’s OOXML product specification for Microsoft Office. I’m not going to publish this…

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Top Ten blog entries and some stats

According to Google Analytics, the top ten most read blog entries in the last month in decreasing order of popularity are: “Why OOXML will not be an ISO/IEC standard in 2007” “No is no, to OOXML” “Interoperability Specifications Pledge” “Microsoft and ECMA: Together again, doing it again” “#9. My Second…

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