Learning more about ODF

In the last two years, there has been a wealth of material on the web about the OpenDocument Format (ODF), an OASIS and ISO open standard for document interchange that was designed for interoperability among systems independently developed to run on multiple operating platforms. In short, ODF levels the document…

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Astroturf grassroots for OOXML?

First we saw Microsoft trying to drum up some support in the UK for their OOXML product specification turned into a “standard” via a petition. Now there is mention in Slashdot and elsewhere of what is appearing to be part of a well orchestrated campaign to stop ODF in California.…

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My testimony to the Texas House and Senate regarding the open document format legislation

This is the text for the testimony I delivered to both the Texas House and Senate this last Monday, March 24. The words I said varied from this because of time constraints and also some additional comments supporting or questioning previous testimony.

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Open standards and open source

It’s really quite amusing sometimes to hear how the “enemies of open” categorize the whole open source and open standards discussion. One of the tactics, which has the properties of being both wrong and misleading, is that we are confusing the two on purpose in order to break down proprietary…

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Avoid the single supplier document taxes

When I wrote about the five major areas that you need to consider when looking at the relative openness of two specifications, one of them was “implementation.” I will admit that my primary thoughts at that time concerned intellectual property: when a specification or standard has no IP hindrances that…

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I’m a document guy

Occasionally I get asked why I really care about all the issues around OpenDocument Format (ODF), related standards in this area, office suites, and the shift to Office 2.0. I give the reasons that long time readers of this blog have seen before about real interoperability, innovation from community developed…

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links for 2006-12-07

HTML, SVG, and MathML The Beginning of the End | Musings “Sam Ruby has been busy. He�s been lobbying for changes in the HTML5 Specification which will, ultimately, enable embedding of MathML and SVG in HTML5 documents.” (tags: mathml svg html) HOWTO Embed MathML and SVG into HTML4 This is…

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Microsoft: Please look like me (well, not all of you)

InformationWeek is reporting that Microsoft wants many other applications on all sorts of platforms to look like the forthcoming Office 2007 product suite. Microsoft on Tuesday announced a royalty-free licensing program so that outside developers can apply the Office 2007 interface to their own applications. There’s a catch, though:

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Frontiers of Intellectual Property slide: “Innovation is …”

Another slide for discussion from my talk at the University of Texas School of Law: Innovation is … Great new ideas that no one ever thought about before. Combining old ideas in new ways to provide new insight and possible paths forward. Breakthrough thinking. Possibly technical. More generally, possibly scientific.…

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Frontiers of Intellectual Property slide: “The simple question”

I gave a keynote talk last Friday at the University of Texas School of Law conference on the “Frontiers of Intellectual Property.” There was a bit of confusion about whether I could project some slides and, as it turned out, I could not. So I just talked for about 30…

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New IBM patent policy II

Yesterday I promised to post more about IBM’s new corporate patent policy. Let’s start with the broadcast links: IBM’s Dave Kappos talks on National Public Radio Discussion on CNN American Morning: Minding Your Business and here are some online print links: The press release: “IBM Establishes Worldwide Patent Policy to…

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Teach your children about open. Even better, show them.

I’ve been in Raleigh the last two days participating in the K-12 Open Technologies Summit at the William & Ida Friday Institute for Educational Innovation at North Carolina State University. It was quite intense but this wasn’t a group singalong where everybody was singing the same song. Sure, almost all…

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K-12 Open Technologies Summit

This week I’m going to have the pleasure of participating in the K-12 Open Technologies Summit at the William & Ida Friday Institute for Educational Innovation at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, NC,. According to the agenda, I’m taking part in a panel on Wednesday Thursday morning on open…

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Second day in Lyon

Yesterday was the second day of the OpenOffice.org conference in Lyon and I took part in and participated in much of the ODF track. The day started with a panel on ODF moderated by Charles-H. Schulz, with Rob Weir (IBM), Eduardo Gutentag (Sun), and me participating. There were no fireworks…

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My United Nations presentation

My UN presentation entitled “What ‘Open’ Means to You: Innovation, Interoperability, and Independence” is now available in PDF form. Update: I uploaded a new version of the PDF that does not open in fullscreen mode, since this was a bit confusing when you accessed the PDF through a browser. I…

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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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IBM, Open Source, Health Care

This press release went out a couple of hours ago: IBM Brings Electronic Medical Records One Step Closer Through Open Technology; Contributes Technology to Open Source Community; Establishes Innovation Centers to Work with Major Players, Business Partners Here’s an excerpt: SAN JOSE, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Aug. 9, 2006–IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced…

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ODF: United Nations, Singapore, Phillipines

The ZDNet Asia article “Call for Asia to adopt ODF” gives a good roundup of some strong pickup of the OpenDocument Format in Asia. While I certainly expect we will see more countries issuing top level policy statements around ODF and open standards in general, this bottom-up support is especially…

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Today’s ODF news

Sam Hiser has published a piece called “What is ODF?” over at ONLamp.com. The ODF Alliance just released a press release “ODF Alliance Congratulates Malaysia on Preliminary Designation of OpenDocument Format as Malaysian Standard.” Here’s an excerpt: WASHINGTON, July 27 /PRNewswire/ — The OpenDocument Format Alliance (ODF Alliance), a broad…

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Breaking news: IBM, Nokia, and others join in patent pledge to accelerate OSGi adoption

This press release is just out: “Leading Tech Companies Unite to Boost OSGi Technology with Royalty-Free Patent Pledge; Plan Will Encourage Use of Open, Dynamic Software Components in Computers and Devices That Use Java“. Here’s an excerpt: SAN RAMON, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–July 26, 2006–Five high-technology companies and the OSGi(TM) Alliance announced…

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Microsoft press release about ODF – it’s a start, but quit the FUD

An Indian colleague just pointed me to a Microsoft press release “Microsoft Expands Document Interoperability: Company to Sponsor Open Source Project for Open XML-ODF File Translation to Deliver More Choice for Government Customers and Their Constituents.” I had heard rumors that something important was going to happen. Maybe it will,…

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