Pretoria ODF Users Workshop

I’m a bit tardy in reporting what happened last week at the Second International ODF Users Conference, held in Pretoria, South Africa. This was the first time I was ever in Africa, much less South Africa, and so I was very much looking forward to the trip. It did not…

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Remarks on the IBM Standards Principles

It’s been an interesting day as I’ve watched the various responses to the publication of the IBM Standards Principles. As I hoped, they raised some issues and started some debates. I suspect that longtime readers of this blog will find themes in the principles that I have discussed here before.…

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Daily Links 08/26/2008 (p.m.)

Browsers and Privacy Microsoft to add privacy features to IE8 – Network World Safari introduced similar features in 2005. tags: OB, IE, Safari, browser, privacy Stealther :: Firefox Add-ons “If there are times you want to surf the web without leaving a trace in your local computer, then this is…

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Alex Brown: OOXML will be second to ODF

You’ve got to love Google Alerts. This morning I got this link to a Press Release from Giffin Brown with the title “OOXML will take second place following Microsoft’s announcement to support ODF, says Dr Alex Brown”. Alex was the convenor of the OOXML Ballot Resolution Meeting in Geneva in…

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Changes to the SC 34/JTC1 rules for changing your OOXML vote

A colleague just pointed out that the rules have been modified for notifying SC 34 of JTC1 that you wish to change your national vote on OOXML/DIS 29500. I updated my original entry, but here is the new text from the SC 34 page. The main thing that is changed…

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Some “OOXML has trouble” items from around the web

From the Financial Times, “Brussels to probe votes on Microsoft standard”: It asked standards organisations for views on these charges and any supporting details. It was unclear on Tuesday how many standards organisations worldwide had been contacted by the Commission. However, several national organisations in Europe confirmed they had received…

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Descriptions of Microsoft Office binary formats

Evidently Microsoft made the descriptions of the binary formats for Office available on February 15 on their website. This was, of course, before the BRM so if anyone had questions or proposals about the binary formats in Geneva, the information was publicly available. Presumably a lot of people knew this.…

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The OOXML BRM: Secrets and statistics

I’ve provided a few links in another entry to some of the negative views from the ISO/IEC Ballot Resolution Meeting for Microsoft‘s OOXML specification (via ECMA). For the most part, I’m letting others comment, especially those who were in the meeting. I expect we’ll be hearing a lot more in…

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links for 2008-03-03: Special OOXML BRM Edition

XML spec editor: OOXML ISO process is “unadulterated BS” “Participants say that only a small portion of the ECMA responses were actually discussed during the BRM. When time ran out, the rest of the responses were simply approved without any review at all.” (tags: microsoft ecma ooxml) PC Pro: News:…

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links for 2008-02-29

OOXML Around the World Using NGOs to Push Agendas “Microsoft has “persuaded” several non-profit organizations to bombard the Indian IT Secretary and the Additional Director General of the Bureau of Indian Standards with letters supporting its OOXML proposal.” (tags: microsoft india ooxml) Does OOXML vote really matter? | InfoWorld |…

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Some metrics for measuring the success of the OOXML BRM

A very strange thing happened at the beginning of September, 2007. Microsoft issued a press release following the close of balloting on OOXML that began Today the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) released the results of the preliminary ballot to participating National Body members for the ISO/IEC DIS 29500 (Ecma…

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Monday morning: OOXML BRM tidbits

I’m in Geneva this week because I’m taking part in the Open Forum Europe conference “Standards and the Future of the Internet.” In addition, of course, the ISO/IEC OOXML Ballot Resolution Meeting is taking place this week. The OFE organizers have to gone to great pains to make it clear…

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links for 2008-02-14

The Job Interview, Starring Your Avatar – New York Times “As big companies are spreading their brands to Web-based social networking communities like Facebook and MySpace, a handful of employers are also exploring the world of Multi-User Virtual Environments, or MUVEs.” (tags: career secondlife) Martin Bekkelund – » OOXML —…

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While you’re waiting, don’t save in OOXML format

While all the drama is unfolding before the OOXML Ballot Resolution Meeting in Geneva at the end of February and the subsequent 30 day period while countries can still change their vote, I thought I would point out something that I assume is fairly obvious to most people: Saving your…

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Comments on ECMA’s (aka Microsoft’s) OOXML comment resolutions

We’re starting to hear about how Microsoft (under ECMA’s name) is resolving the technical comments on OOXML. What do you need to know about this? Where are they? If this is a transparent process, we need to see the comments as well as all the proposed resolutions. What is there…

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links for 2007-12-09

Critics rap Microsoft safety study of IE, Firefox | CNET News.com “Internet Explorer is more secure than Firefox, according to a senior Microsoft executive, who compared how many vulnerabilities were found in the two browsers–but critics say his study is flawed.” (tags: firefox ie microsoft) Groklaw – About maintenance of…

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Some OOXML Ballot Resolution Meeting comments

The situation and rules for the Ballot Resolution Meeting (BRM) are starting to become clearer. As you may know, this is a follow-up to the September 2 vote where the Microsoft/ECMA OOXML (“Open” “XML”) specification failed on both measures to become an ISO/IEC JTC1.Given the way the system works, this…

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Standards: We need to talk

Last Friday I had the pleasure of speaking at Tsinghua University in Beijing at an IBM-sponsored conference attended by over 200 government officials, business leaders, and academicians to discuss the confluence of three important topics: open standards, innovation, and intellectual property policy. Below you’ll find the text of my address,…

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links for 2007-09-16

Google applauds ISO vote, voices OOXML concerns | InfoWorld | By Elizabeth Montalbano, IDG News Service Google, which has been less vocal than some on the furor surrounding the standards process for Microsoft‘s Office Open XML, came out Friday in support of the ISO’s decision to reject the specification. (tags:…

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links for 2007-09-11

Two OOXML “Standards,” Microsoft‘s and ECMA’s? Frankly Speaking: Microsoft’s Cynicism “After all this work to make OOXML a formal, independent standard — a standard created and promoted by Microsoft, remember — Microsoft won’t agree to follow it.” (tags: microsoft ooxml iso) IBM Joins OpenOffice.org IBM to give OpenOffice the Outlook…

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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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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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