TCI Global Competitiveness Conference in Portland, Oregon

I’ll be giving the lunch keynote at the TCI Global Competitiveness Conference in Portland on Wednesday. The info about the talk is From Closed to Open—How the Technology Industry Learned to Share Wednesday, October 10, 12-1:30 pm In the IT industry, innovation is everything. For decades that meant the design,…

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Top Ten blog entries and some stats

It’s been a couple of months since my last “Top Ten” listing, but September was a bit hectic. According to Google Analytics, the top ten most read blog entries in the last month in decreasing order of popularity are: “OOXML, the past. ODF, the future.” “Remembering September” “In case you…

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Wednesday: OECD in Ottawa

I’ll be speaking this Wednesday at the OECD-Canada Forum on the Participative Web: Strategies and Policies for the Future. There have been a few flavors of the title of my talk floating around, the latest is “Virtual worlds, web blogs, and collaborative spaces: Why interoperability matters more than ever”. The…

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Remembering September

In early August I stated in this blog that after the OOXML JTC1 ballot closed on September 2, the sun would rise, the birds would sing, and so on. As we are now at the end of the month and about to move into October, I can state that those…

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My World of Warcraft addons

The World of Warcraft multiplayer game exposes a programming interface for the Lua programming language. Because of this, many people have written legal addons that extend the game’s core functionality or provide alternate user interfaces. Some of the packages are huge but some are small and provide very specific functionality.…

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From Second Life and Back

I’m on the plane now between Chicago and Tucson, heading for the InformationWeek 500 Conference. Travel has gone very well so far, with no glitches. Evidently the guy sitting behind me on the plane was arrested recently on a Driving-While-Intoxicated charge. To hear him speak, the problem was that he…

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Accessibility, OpenOffice.org, ODF

Rich Schwerdtfeger has a discussion of some of IBM’s recent accessibility work involving Lotus Notes 8, mentions that IBM will be donating some accessibility code to OpenOffice.org, and clears up some misconceptions about the IAccessible2 API over in his IBM developerWorks blog.

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IBM joins OpenOffice.org

See the press release “IBM joins the OpenOffice.org community to develop and promote OpenOffice.org technology”. It says, in part, 10 September 2007 — The OpenOffice.org community today announced that IBM will be joining the community to collaborate on the development of OpenOffice.org software. IBM will be making initial code contributions…

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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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