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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Latest ODF Alliance newsletter is available

I just got an email with the latest OpenDocument Format Alliance newsletter. It is also available in PDF form. [Why this is correctly available in PDF form and not ODF.] Topics include South Africa, Brazil, India, Venezuela Appeal OOXML Vote; Denmark Protests; Legal Challenge in UK ODF Alliance Calls on…

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Protest on OOXML Fast Track results from group in Denmark

Via Groklaw there’s word that the Open Source Leverandørforeningen in Denmark has written a letter of complaint regarding OOXML. This is not a formal appeal as it was with India, Brazil, and South Africa, but nevertheless shows some of what is still happening within countries regarding the process. I think…

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A view on OOXML and the standards process in India

Venkatesh Hariharan from Red Hat in India just put up a blog entry that talks about some of what went on in India prior to its submission of comments during the Contradiction Period for the JTC1 Fast Track process. Read it if only for the surprise ending. Shades of the…

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Brazil goes with OpenDocument Format (ODF)

The ODF Alliance just issued a press release praising the recent news out of Brazil: With the publication of version of its 2.0 e-Ping Interoperability Framework*, Brazil becomes the first country in South America to officially recommend ODF. The framework states that all .xls, .doc and .ppt files are in…

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IBM’s newest blogger

Bharath Duggirala is IBM’s newest blogger over at developerWorks. He’s a young technologist working on support for WebSphere Community Edition/Geronimo over in India. He’s just put up his first entry externally after having an internal blog for quite a while. Stay tuned: I think he’ll be yet another important voice…

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Office 2.0 Conference: “Office 2.0, Where Are We?” panel

Moderator: Om Malik Participants: Ismael Ghalimi, Shel Israel, Karen Leavitt, Rajen Sheth, Mark Suster. We’re starting to repeat ourselves here on many issues. I hope Andrew and Esther will not have made all the important points for today, though there are many sessions left to go. A few important things…

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Latest ODF Alliance Newsletter – 14 July, 2006

Here’s the latest ODF Newsletter that I’ve taken the liberty of embedding in full. If you want to subscribe yourself, here is the link. Microsoft Announces Development of OpenXML/ODF Translator Tool According to Microsoft, the tool, which will essentially be installable plug-ins, will provide two additional menu items – “OpenODF”…

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OpenDocument Format Alliance: 220+ members in 40 countries

The ODF Alliance issued a press release last Thursday which read, in part: Meanwhile, the movement supporting ODF is gaining momentum worldwide. Last week, India’s leading technical institutions, global IT companies and government agencies held their first national event in support of ODF, including the formation of the Indian Chapter…

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ODF in India

There was a seminar that took place in India today about the importance of OpenDocument Format for governments. Details are in this article: “23 Jun: National Seminar On Open Document Format.” Here is an excerpt: Friday, June 23, 2006: New Delhi: The department of management sciences, Indian Institute of Technology,…

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IBM, Russia, Standards

We announced a new initiative today to stimulate use of open standards by developers in Russia. Here’s a bit from the press release: IBM Delivers Free Software and Technical Resources to Help Russian Developers Adopt Open Standards Friday February 3, 2:00 pm ET ARMONK, NY–(MARKET WIRE)–Feb 3, 2006 — IBM…

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Stories about ODF and the IBM Workplace Managed Client

Here’s a roundup of some of the many stories about the announced support for the OASIS OpenDocument Format standard in the IBM Workplace managed Client: Press Release: “IBM Fuels Open Standards Adoption Through Support For OpenDocument Format” Press: InformationWeek: “IBM Jumps On Open Document Bandwagon” InformationWeek: “IBM’s OpenDoc Client Targets…

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