Can progress be standardized?

There’s a fundamental challenge that many standards maintenance groups and standards implementers deal with from time to time: how can standards evolve, and implementers innovate, while maintaining the sort of reliable and well-documented interoperability that standardization enables? Standards maintenance processes add new functionality slowly and carefully, but the products that implement those standards may progress…

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Binary File Format Plugfest

The Office interoperability team will host a Binary File Format Plugfest on October 19th and 20th in Redmond. The event will target a developer level audience. Microsoft subject matter experts from both the support organization and the product team will be onsite to answer questions about the Binary File Formats.  This Plugfest will be a…

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Digital Signatures Workshop recap

The latest DII workshop was focused on digital signatures, and took place here in Redmond on Tuesday of this week. This was the first event for which there has been a web participation option (via LiveMeeting), and we had 18 virtual attendees in addition to the 15 people who attended in person. The level of…

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Agenda for June 8 Digital Signatures Workshop

I blogged recently about the upcoming digital signatures DII workshop, which will take place in Redmond on June 8. We’ve been working with a variety of volunteer speakers to finalize the details, and it’s shaping up to be an interesting event with perspectives from implementers, standards participants, and digital signature users from the private and…

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SharePoint Interoperability Plugfest

Here’s another Plugfest event coming up here in Redmond to let everyone know about. It’s a SharePoint interop event, where developers can test interoperability, get answers directly from the SharePoint team, set up up 1-on-1 meetings, and generally do whatever’s need to improve interoperability between their applications and SharePoint. My colleague Michael Bowman is running…

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Digital Signatures DII Workshop

The next DII workshop will be on June 8, 2010 in Redmond. This event will focus on digital signatures and a new technical signing standard supported by Office 2010, called XAdES (XML Advanced Digital Electronic Signatures). XAdES consists of a set of extensions to the XML-DSig standard (supported by Office 2007) and gives users additional…

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Office’s Support for ISO/IEC 29500 Strict

There has been some interest expressed lately regarding how soon Microsoft Office will offer full read/write support for the Strict conformance class of ISO/IEC 29500. I can certainly understand the interest in this topic from those involved in the standards process, as well as from our customers and other implementers. That’s why we’ve been looking…

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SC34 Meetings, Stockholm

The SC34 plenary and working-group meetings took place in Stockholm last week, hosted by Swedish Standards Institute (SIS).  Alex Brown has posted already a summary of some of the meetings that I didn’t participate in, and I’ll cover the here the activities and outcomes of the meetings I attended. WG4: ISO/IEC 29500 (Office Open XML)…

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