OOXML appeals: Now or never

Rob Weir has published an extensive blog entry detailing why the OOXML appeals process should be allowed to go on. He says, in part, Dismissing an appeal with so many open unresolved issue is not expediency. It is merely creating more dissent, more distrust and more trouble that we’ll all…

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Canadian Library Association’s pro-ODF resolution

The Canadian Library Association/Association canadienne des bibliothèques published several resolutions at their 63rd Annual General Meeting on May 24th in Vancouver. One that is of special interest to me is Resolution 1, “CLA/ACB Resolution on Open File Format Standards”. It reads, in part, Be it resolved that CLA support the…

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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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The US OOXML discussion is public

Via Simon Phipps and Chris Ward, the discussions around the US recommendation for or against Microsoft’s Office “Open XML” product data format specification becoming an ISO standard is now public. Visit Simon’s blog for the links. In a perfect world, we would know about and could see every committee email…

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Canada requests OOXML comments

The Standards Council of Canada is requesting comments from Canadians for the SCC’s consideration of Microsoft’s Office Open XML spec (OOXML) as an ISO standard. If you are eligible, you can leave your remarks from that page but you also might want to see what others have said. I understand…

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IBM Accessibility ODF Coding Challenge 2006

Today we’re officially announcing the IBM Accessibility ODF Coding Challenge 2006, a contest for university students that combines open standards, open source, and accessibility. Our goal is to train hundreds if not thousands of college software engineering students to create great software that is accessible to all people, right from…

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Aperi proposed as an Eclipse project

Last Fall we started talking about the Aperi project for open source storage management. Today it was officially announced that Aperi has been proposed as a project in Eclipse. Here is part of the press release: Aperi Storage Community to Propose Open Source Project to Eclipse; Novell to Join Nine…

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Open source is adoptable

Several weeks ago I did an entry in which I talked about the difference between “complementary” and “complimentary.” It was a bit of a rant because I was tired of seeing these used incorrectly so often. You can be excused, therefore, in thinking that the title of this entry is…

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