Pretoria ODF Users Workshop

I’m a bit tardy in reporting what happened last week at the Second International ODF Users Conference, held in Pretoria, South Africa. This was the first time I was ever in Africa, much less South Africa, and so I was very much looking forward to the trip. It did not…

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Andy Updegrove gives his views about OOXML to Massachusetts

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts in the United States is having a public review period for adding Microsoft’s OOXML document format (take proprietary Office formats, convert to XML, shake, please don’t print the 6000+ pages). Andy Updegrove has published his comments to the state over in his ConsortiumInfo blog in a…

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Comment on Microsoft, ECMA, and XPS

In the last couple of weeks I’ve run a two entries (here and here) regarding Microsoft’s submission of its XPS specification to ECMA. I raised some questions along the line that this was the OOXML situation all over again, namely forcing a proprietary product spec through a vendor organization and…

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OOXML in Massachusetts is not a done deal

See the PC World article “Massachusetts Puts Open XML Out for Consideration” where Bethann Pepoli, acting CIO of the Massachusetts Information Technology Division (ITD), said “Someone could submit a comment and we could make a review of ETRM and make changes,” she said. Those changes could include eliminating Open XML…

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Some travel notes from the last week

The flight to Cambridge last week for the standards program at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government was easy and unremarkable. The designated hotel for the event was the Doubletree Suites which isn’t really too close to anything other than the Cambridge exit on the Massachusetts Turnpike. That didn’t make too…

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Back to Harvard

I’m spending today and tomorrow in Cambridge, Massachusetts, at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government’s program on “Cross-Boundary Governance through Agreements and Standards: Assuring Compliance and Results”. I’ll try to bring many of the things I’ve discussed in this blog to bear throughout the two days, but I’m really looking…

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Former MA CIO Louis Gutierrez on ODF, Microsoft

Insightful interview over at ComputerWorld between journalist Carol Sliwa and former Massachusetts CIO Louis Gutierrez: “Q&A: Former Mass. CIO feels ‘bittersweet pride’ after battles with Microsoft, legislature: Gutierrez says he would make same choices again that he did in ODF and IT funding fights.” Note that Gutierrez was the second…

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Bloor on IAccessible2, ODF

Peter Abrahams, Practice Leader at Bloor Research, has a very nice writeup of the IAccessible2 interfaces announced yesterday called “IAccessible2 Open Standard for Assistive Technology”. He say, in part: Pressure has been building from disabled users and from organisations, such as the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, to improve accessibility for all.…

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Snapshot – October 9, 2006

Here are a few odds and ends that somehow reflect things I’ve been thinking about and doing lately: The Three Current Most Popular Blog Posts “HR news from Massachusetts” Comment on Louis Gutierrez stepping down as CIO of Massachusetts. “Microsoft promise” Microsoft’s non-assertion pledge for some of the web services…

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HR news from Massachusetts

Before there was the OpenDocument Format, there was Massachusetts. Before there was Massachusetts, there was politics. Louis Gutierrez, current CIO and successor to Peter Quinn of ODF and open standards fame, is resigning, effective 30 days from now. In his resignation letter he cited the problems he has in running…

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ODF Alliance press release re Massachusetts

The ODF Alliance put out a press release yesterday in response to the announcement in Massachussets that they would use plug-ins for Micrososoft office as an initial technique to start their phase-in of OpenDOcument Format in the Executive branch. Here is the test: WASHINGTON, Aug. 24 /U.S. Newswire/ — The…

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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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Microsoft/ODF links

Here are a number of links from around the web that talk about Microsoft’s announcement that they will start to support ODF, minimally, at least. ComputerWorld: Microsoft Shifts ODF Stance “In a tacit acknowledgment of the OpenDocument format’s increased momentum, Microsoft Corp. said last week that it will back an…

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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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Identity Mashup Conference

I’ll be speaking at the Identity Mashup Conference being held at the Harvard Law School in Cambridge, Massachusetts, between June 19 and 21. The list of speakers is here. I be on the panel “Track A Breakout: Interoperability, Open Identity, and Identity Brokers” on Tuesday, June 20, between 9 and…

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InformationWeek article – “Analysis: IBM Takes Dead Aim At Microsoft Office With New Notes Version”

InformationWeek published an article yesterday which we obviously like quite a bit: “Analysis: IBM Takes Dead Aim At Microsoft Office With New Notes Version“. Here’s a little bit of it: … the editors can all save and open documents in the open source [sic] OpenDocument Format (ODF), as well as…

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