ODF Alliance offers recommendations to Obama administration

Following on the heels of yesterday’s set of open standards recommendations to the Obama administration by the Information Society Project at Yale Law School, the Open Document Format Alliance has offered its own recommendations in the area of open standards for document formats. In a letter sent to Peter Orszag,…

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ODF Alliance 2008 annual report

In the waning days of 2008 the OpenDocument Alliance published their annual report regarding progress made on getting the standard adopted around the world. The 28 page document discusses development of the standard, worldwide adoption, positive changes toward open standards procurement policies, and application support. The main body of the…

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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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Latest ODF Alliance newsletter is available

I just got an email with the latest OpenDocument Format Alliance newsletter. It is also available in PDF form. [Why this is correctly available in PDF form and not ODF.] Topics include South Africa, Brazil, India, Venezuela Appeal OOXML Vote; Denmark Protests; Legal Challenge in UK ODF Alliance Calls on…

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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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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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An “OOXML is a bad idea” blog entry compendium

I thought I would put together a list of some of my blog entries that touch on the OOXML issue now being considered in the JTC1 Fast Track Procedure. This isn’t everything I’ve ever written, but it includes most of the main points. I’ve also included a few related entries.…

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Questions for your national standards body

As its supporters work harder and harder to get approval for its OOXML specification in the JTC1 Fast Track process, there are some very important questions that you should be asking your national standards bodies. These are the folks that represent you on the international standards stage and their actions…

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New ODF Alliance Newsletter available + info on fighting OOXML

The ODF Alliance has published its newsletter for June (PDF Format). Including is the following list of resources for helping you to vote against Microsoft’s OOXML product specification as they try to make it an ISO standard: Contact Your ISO/IEC National Standardization Body Today: Vote “No” on OOXML! Each member…

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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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Astroturf grassroots for OOXML?

First we saw Microsoft trying to drum up some support in the UK for their OOXML product specification turned into a “standard” via a petition. Now there is mention in Slashdot and elsewhere of what is appearing to be part of a well orchestrated campaign to stop ODF in California.…

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Brazil goes with OpenDocument Format (ODF)

The ODF Alliance just issued a press release praising the recent news out of Brazil: With the publication of version of its 2.0 e-Ping Interoperability Framework*, Brazil becomes the first country in South America to officially recommend ODF. The framework states that all .xls, .doc and .ppt files are in…

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ODF Alliance Statement regarding Microsoft/Novell agreements

The ODF Alliance issued this statement this afternoon: Alliance Statement On Microsoft/Novell Collaboration Regarding Document Format Compatibility Washington, DC, November 3, 2006 � The OpenDocument Format Alliance (ODF Alliance), a broad cross-section of organizations, academia and industry dedicated to improving access to electronic government documents, issued the following statement regarding…

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