Press release about Lotus Notes and ODF

The press release about the upcoming support for ODF in the next version of Lotus Notes has been released. Here is the beginning: IBM Makes Collaborative Innovation Real With Preview of Next Generation IBM Lotus Notes Client Office Productivity Editors, Increased Open Standards Support, Lead Into Fall Beta Testing Period…

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aDesigner from IBM alphaWorks

When I was in Japan a couple of weeks ago I got a great demonstration of some of the current and upcoming accessibility technologies coming out of the IBM Tokyo Research Laboratory. One of these is aDesigner, “a disability simulator that helps Web designers ensure that their pages are accessible…

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Microsoft on standards

See “A Fresh Face on Standards?” in eWeek on Microsoft’s views. Interesting section: “You can achieve interoperability in a number of ways,” said Robertson. Among them: joint collaboration agreements, technology licensing and interoperability pacts. “Standards are not always appropriate,” Robertson said. And in the cases in which they are, “you…

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How open will you be in 5 years? More than now, I hope.

I just finished my second full day on this trip and I’m pretty tired. I’ve talked to a lot of people on the general themes of open standards, open source, OpenDocument Format, and innovation. One question I like to ask people with whom I speak is what they think their…

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Where’s the killer open source presentation software?

I’ve been wondering about this one for a while. A lot of the implicit attention around ODF has been focused on word processing, even though the standard supports spreadsheet and presentation formats. Many people, including myself, have talked about both the need and opportunity for innovation in the word processing…

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KOffice 1.5, ODF, and accessibility support

DesktopLinux.com has more on the release of KOffice 1.5 and its default support for OpenDocumentFormat (ODF). The article points out the improvements made around accessibility: The 1.5 version of KOffice has new support for enhanced accessibility through the means of mouseless operation and text-to-speech functionality. This improvement was sparked by…

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Open Standards vs. Open Source, Part 3: Open Source Software

Part 1: Standards Part 2: Software Part 3: Open Source Software Part 4: The SOA Connection I want to jump to the punch line even before I make some definitions: open source software is something that you need to consider very seriously. This is true whether you are a user…

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USA Today column on standards

See “Technology standards increase competition, innovation”. This includes a nice mention of ODF: And with the emergence of the Open Document Format for Office Applications, which defines an standard format for word processing, spreadsheet, and other such files, users of Microsoft Office will find they’re no longer locked into the…

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Project Higgins

This morning I participated in the Project Higgins announcement held at the Tribeca Grill in lower Manhattan. It was a freezing cold day with biting winds, but inside the screening room we had some realistic and future-looking discussions about user-centric identity. Just the topic, I know you are thinking, that…

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Some Open Wishes for 2006

For those of us in the trenches, 2005 was an exciting if not exhausting year for standards and open source. We saw some important realignments in product categories, aggressive government examination and adoption of open standards, and some strong indications that the status quo around the interpretation of what “open”…

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It’s not “standards or innovation,” it’s “standards and innovation”

In his ZDNet blog entry “Don’t sacrifice innovation in push for standards” Marc Wagner argues in a rather timeless way that forcing early standardization might impede innovation. I say “timeless” because I remember hearing those same basic arguments for much of the last ten years. While I would not accuse…

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IBM Opening Remarks at the Open Forum on the Future of Electronic Data Formats for the Commonwealth

These are the opening remarks that I planned to give at the meeting at the Massachusetts State House this morning. What I actually said varied from this since I couldn’t resist ad libbing a bit. In any case, this is the gist of it and I think it directly gives…

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New IBM licensing program for venture-backed startups

Today IBM announced a new program to help make it easier for venture-backed startups to have access to our patent portfolio. The press release is here, but it is short and succinct enough for me to include in this entry. I’ll post a list of some of the stories appearing…

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Letter from IBM to Secretary Trimarco reaffirming support for ODF and the Massachusetts process

We just sent this to Secretary Trimarco’s office in the Massachusetts State House. The Honorable Thomas Trimarco Secretary, Executive Office for Administration & Finance Commonwealth of Massachusetts State House, Room 373 Boston MA, 02133 Dear Secretary Trimarco: With all the recent activity around document formats and the strong leadership position…

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More Massachusetts/Microsoft discussion

Two new articles/opinions came out today on what is going on with document formats. The first is an OpEd piece in CNet called “Massachusetts assaults monoculture”. Truly open standards that are built by a community will likely engender multiple implementations thereby driving competition, innovation, and lower costs. If a “standard”…

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Open Invention Network

Lots of news today about the new Open Invention Network. Here are a few of the stories and blog entries: Press Release: “Open Invention Network Formed to Promote Linux and Spur Innovation Globally Through Access to Key Patents; Investors Include IBM, Novell, Philips, Red Hat, and Sony “ NEW YORK–(BUSINESS…

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ODF Journal, Stardate 2005-11-01 (sorry)

Yesterday, the hearing on ODF took place in the Massachusetts State House. As expected, Senator Pacheco heavily criticized the CIO’s decision to go ahead and require support of ODF by January 1, 2005. In case you missed them, here are a few pieces that cover what happened: Andy Updegrove’s “Summary…

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IBM Statement For the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Senate Audit and Oversight Committee

As I have noted here and others have mentioned elsewhere, there is a hearing today in Boston to discuss the decision by the CIO’s office that support for OASIS OpenDocument Format be required for documents that are created, modified, and saved. IBM sent our statement to Senator Pacheco, Chair of…

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The OpenDocument discussion session yesterday at Harvard Law School

Yesterday I took part in a two hour panel-and-townhall type discussion on OpenDocument Format at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard Law School. It was too long for me to recount or maybe even remember everything I said, but luckily you can watch the whole thing. It…

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Debunking Myths on Open Document Formats (ODF)

As we’ve talked to folks about the OpenDocument Format and what it is and isn’t, a few consistent “myths” keep coming up. Here is our attempt to move some of that discussion closer to reality. Update: This is available in ODF presentation format here and in a PDF version of…

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BREAKING NEWS:
New IBM healthcare and education initiative driven by open standards

Today IBM is announcing a major initiative out of our healthcare and education practices that focuses on using open standards to drive growth, interoperability, and innovation. I’m going to spend a lot of time over the next days and weeks deconstructing what we are doing and why. Today I’m going…

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IBM letter to Governor Mitt Romney of Massachusetts

For the record, we sent this letter to Governor Mitt Romney of Massachusetts on September 23. Dear Governor Romney:On behalf of IBM, allow me to thank the Commonwealth for its diligence and leadership in publishing its Enterprise Technical Reference Model related to document formats for office applications, specifically the requirement…

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Catching up: some links and comments

Here are a few links to get me caught up in noting some of the recent developments around OpenDocument and office suites. Personally, I think it’s great to see some competition come back into this corner of the market. OpenDocument could ‘turn everything inside out’ Tim Bray of Sun (and…

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Opera vs. Firefox – browser war

Interesting article over at The Register: “Opera tunes up to overtake Firefox”. So here’s what I and I think a lot of other users want: fully and compliantly implement the key web standards, support multiple platforms, have a great user interface and extension architecture, and then compete like heck to…

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