LaTeX revisited

Back in my math days before 1999 or so, I needed a document preparation system that could handle formulas and was programmable. That really meant one thing, TeX, or its somewhat easier to use set of extension packages, LaTeX. I did my doctoral dissertation using this and I did the…

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Thinking about publishing

Lately I’ve been thinking about doing a writing project, possibly a book. This is not new, as I have this urge on a fairly regular basis. One thing that’s holding me back is that I’ve already been involved in two book publishing activities. The first was in 1991-92 when Dick…

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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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Office 2.0 Conference: “One Day in the Life of an Office 2.0 Worker” panel

Moderator: Matt Marshall Participants: Eric Hoffert, TJ Kang, Tom Snyder, Sridhar Vembu, Kevin Warnock, David Young This panel consists of various startups trying to do realtime online demos of their offerings. We’re in the second one and so far they both sound like pitches for VCs (probably are, and there…

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InformationWeek article + some thoughts

David Gardner just published an article based on an interview we did this morning about the ODF Alliance and recent ODF news concerning Google and Microsoft. It is up to Google to say what they want about this, but, as I noted last night, ODF Alliance membership jumped by 20…

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More on presentation software – look at Opera Show

Late last night I put up an entry asking where was the killer open source presentation software. Sam Hiser responded with a comment as did a couple of other people and Sam has a longer piece on his blog. Sam discussed Dave Raggett’s Slidy and also mentioned presentation support in…

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Open Document Formats: “Open” must be more than a marketing term

I’ve been gearing up to write a piece about open document formats, and since I discussed the topic last Wednesday morning at the Open Forum Europe breakfast meeting in Brussels, I’ll go ahead and do it now. Simon Phipps was also on the panel and he also wrote up something.…

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