My personal favorite posts for 2008

As we wind down down 2008 and head into the holidays, I’ve been doing some planning about blog posts and longer pieces I plan to write in 2009. As part of that, I decided to go back over 2008 and list some of favorite posts from this year. “Ten challenges…

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Everyone’s talking: standards reform

I’m a relative newbie when it comes to standards, only being involved for the last 12 or 13 years. I’ve never before seen the amount of attention that is being brought to the idea of standards reform by so many groups of people at various levels of organization. Rather than…

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Open letter to ISO/IEC from 6 countries on OOXML fiasco

News came out over the weekend that representatives from six countries—Brazil, South Africa, Venezuela, Ecuador, Paraguay, and Cuba—have written an open letter to the ISO and IEC criticizing the handling of the OOXML appeals. See, for example, Groklaw: “CONSEGI 2008 Declaration — Open Letter to ISO Reveals More OOXML Issues”…

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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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NATO: ODF is fine with us

A colleague just sent me a link to the NATO “3.4. NNEC Core Enterprise Services” which is part of the NATO Interoperability Standards and Profiles document. Lo and behold, about half way down the document in the Standards section is “OpenDocument ISO/IEC 26300:2006.” That is ODF. Adopter by adopter, person…

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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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Update on ISO/IEC appeals regarding OOXML

Groklaw and Andy Updegrove have the latest news of the appeal process for OOXML in ISO/IEC. See Groklaw: “ISO to TMB: Here Are the Appeals Against OOXML; They Should Be Denied” Andy Updegrove: “ISO TMB Recommends Rejection of OOXML Appeals” I fully support Andy’s conclusions and the opinions of the…

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South Africa appeals ISO/IEC OOXML decision

Evidently the attempt to fast track the huge OOXML specification is not over. The national standards body of South Africa has decided to appeal the decision. See Andy Updegrove’s and Steve Pepper’s blogs for the story and links. Both are worth a read. Update: Groklaw also has an article about…

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Critical questions for national bodies considering OOXML/DIS 29500

As we move into the last 10 days before the final chance for national standards bodies to change their JTC1 ballot on Microsoft’s OOXML specification expires, there are key questions that the bodies and the people who participate in them need to answer. Some are straightforward and some are controversial.…

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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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CNet: “Free-software lawyers: Don’t trust Microsoft’s Open XML patent pledge”

[edited, less musical] See Martin Lamonica’s CNet article “Free-software lawyers: Don’t trust Microsoft’s Open XML patent pledge”. Compare with the 2006 statement from the Software Freedom Law Center’ regarding ODF, the Open Document Format, an ISO standard: On the factual basis described, and subject to reservations, it is our opinion…

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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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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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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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Dow Jones MarketWatch: EC investigation regarding OOXML

As part of the recent story about the EU’s fine of Microsoft, the article “European regulator fines Microsoft $1.35 billion”, also included the following: In addition, Microsoft recently acknowledged that the commission is also looking into lobbying efforts for its Open XML file format, which has been derided by critics…

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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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OOXML troll tolerance dial now set to zero

Right before major milestones in OOXML’s fight to become respectable by becoming an ISO/IEC standard, pro-OOXML bloggers and blog commenters have come out in force to challenge any sentiment perceived as negative to their cause. It’s almost like it was planned! Could it be an organized part of a campaign?…

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