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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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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Remarks on the IBM Standards Principles

It’s been an interesting day as I’ve watched the various responses to the publication of the IBM Standards Principles. As I hoped, they raised some issues and started some debates. I suspect that longtime readers of this blog will find themes in the principles that I have discussed here before.…

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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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LinuxWorld 2008 Prediction #7: Standards

Although I’ve previously published the slides for the talk I gave at LinuxWorld 2008 in San Francisco, I thought it might be useful to add some additional comments in the blog about each of the eight predictions I made. This is not the full text of what I said nor…

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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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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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Canadian Library Association’s pro-ODF resolution

The Canadian Library Association/Association canadienne des bibliothèques published several resolutions at their 63rd Annual General Meeting on May 24th in Vancouver. One that is of special interest to me is Resolution 1, “CLA/ACB Resolution on Open File Format Standards”. It reads, in part, Be it resolved that CLA support the…

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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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Protest on OOXML Fast Track results from group in Denmark

Via Groklaw there’s word that the Open Source Leverandørforeningen in Denmark has written a letter of complaint regarding OOXML. This is not a formal appeal as it was with India, Brazil, and South Africa, but nevertheless shows some of what is still happening within countries regarding the process. I think…

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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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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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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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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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