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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OpenOffice.org Conference (OOoCon 2008) in Beijing

Next week Beijing will host the OpenOffice.org Annual International Conference (OOoCon). The event runs from November 5 through 7. I will not be attending, though several of my IBM colleagues will be there. I did go to the event two years ago in Lyon, and it was excellent. Here’s how…

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Top Ten blog entries and some stats

Here are the top ten most directly read blog entries in the last month listed in descending order: “Where’s the final OOXML specification?” “Toward vs. Towards” “Microsoft says they will support ODF natively, join OASIS ODF committee?” “Separate vs. seperate” “#21. My Second Life: Scripting a sliding door” “#9. My…

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Microsoft says they will support ODF natively, join OASIS ODF committee?

At various times in the three years in which I’ve been working on OpenDocument Format (ODF) adoption I’ve asked myself “What would success look like?”. In full, success would mean that consumers, governments, and businesses would recognize the value of open standards developed in a transparent, community-based, and collaborative way,…

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Searching for document formats

I just read the article in InformationWeek called “Microsoft’s Search Share Continues To Decline”. I use Google search almost exclusively but occasionally I poke around on the other engines to see if they turn up anything interesting. While Microsoft did lose some search share, it was only 0.2%. It’s not…

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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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OpenDocument Format Alliance 2007 Annual Report

The OpenDocument Format Alliance has published its 2007 Annual Report. It’s now available in PDF form from their website. From the Introduction: The OpenDocument Format Alliance (ODF Alliance) is an organization of governments, academic institutions, associations and industry dedicated to educating policy makers, IT administrators and the public on the…

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Ten challenges and priorities for open standards in 2008

Over the next couple of weeks I plan to publish several entries on “challenges and priorities in 2008” on a range of topics, some related to work areas of interest, some related to personal ones. I’m kicking this off today with standards. In 2008, I think that we collectively should…

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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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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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Peaceful existence of one open document standard, ODF

So I understand that the latest pro-OOXML/anti-ODF tactic is to sweetly request peaceful co-existence of document standards. This is after the crafters studiously refused to participate in the open, community-developed OpenDocument Format OASIS/ISO standard for several years; saw governments around the world start to adopt ODF; provided indirect, arms-length partial,…

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Catching up

I got home from Europe only an hour later than expected on Friday. Maybe it’s because I’m fighting a cold, but readjusting to Eastern Standard Time is a more tiring affair than I’ve previously experienced. Some sleep, some cough medicine, and some antibiotics should get me back into shape. I’m…

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Dr. ODF: Examining OpenDocument Format with Python, Part 6

Before we go too much further, I want to show you a little bit of XML processing in Python. As we saw in Part 5, we can open up the content.xml component of our ODF file and retrieve the document. For a word processing document, this will include the text…

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Dr. ODF: Examining OpenDocument Format with Python, Part 5

It’s been several weeks since I last wrote in this series of entries examining what is in an OpenDocument Format file via some Python programming. In that last entry, I examined what was in the manifest file in the ODF zipfile. In a subsequent short entry, I noted that Rob…

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“OASIS Launches OpenDocument XML.org”

OASIS released a press release yesterday about the new OpenDocument XML.org. Here’s an excerpt (most if it, actually): OASIS Launches OpenDocument XML.org New Web Site Enables Community to Share, Track, and Monitor Information on the OpenDocument Format Lyon, France; 12 September 2006 � The OASIS international standards consortium today launched…

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