ODF Spreadsheet Interoperability

Rob Weir posted on his blog a couple of days ago an Update on ODF Spreadsheet Interoperability.  I think it’s great that he has brought up spreadsheet interoperability, and specifically the issue of formulas, which seems to be the main thrust of his post.  I mentioned on the day of our SP2 release last week…


1 + 2 = 1?

Does 1 plus 2 equal 3?   After last week’s sometimes acrimonious discussion about formulas in ODF, you may be glad to hear that IBM and Microsoft appear to agree on that answer to this simple question.  But OpenOffice.org is not so certain – maybe the answer is just 1 sometimes – and the question itself…


US V1 technical committee votes to recommend Approval of DIS 29500

I just got off a 3-hour call with my colleagues on the V1 technical committee, in which I and the other members of the US delegation to the BRM presented our thoughts on what happened at the BRM. Then we all voted on what to recommend to the INCITS Executive Board for the final US…


An "open standards" meeting in Malaysia

Man, what does a guy have to do to find a technical debate in Malaysia? I’ve spent 72 hours trying to do exactly that, and am now at the airport headed for home, having never found anyone who actually wanted to discuss any technical details of DIS29500 in general, or Malaysia’s submitted comments in particular….


Proposed distractions from DIS29500

Now that we’re getting down to the final days of the DIS29500 standards process, it’s interesting to see the tactics being used by those who have commercial interests that place them in opposition to this standard. Their tactics have changed quite a bit since the heady days of the DIS ballot period, and the most…


Respect for open standards? You decide

I was a bit surprised to see the news recently that Open Forum Europe is working with some large US-based technology vendors to put on an event in the same building as the upcoming BRM for DIS 29500, on the same dates as the BRM. An anti-BRM, if you will. This event has absolutely nothing…


Guiding principles for Office’s ODF implementation

This blog post covers the main presentation from our ODF workshop that took place in Redmond last week: Peter Amstein’s explanation of the guiding principles behind our support of ODF in Office 2007 SP2. I’ve added explanations of some of the details that were covered verbally in the workshop, but if anything’s not clear here,…


Tracked Changes

When I blogged about the release of SP2 with ODF support two weeks ago, I mentioned that I was planning to blog about a few of the tough decisions we faced in our SP2 implementation of ODF, such as the decision not to support tracked changes.  I’ve spent some time since then covering our approach…


Elephants have good memories

My buddy Yoon Kit seems to be having a heck of a time remembering what happened in today’s TC4 meeting, so I thought I’d try to help him out. My thoughts are a bit long for a comment on his post, so I’ll put them here where I have room to stretch out a bit,…


Andy Updegrove’s Indian Fantasy

This morning, in my usual routine, I sipped a cup of coffee while reading the latest news around the Open XML file formats. I have a few blogs I follow regularly, and I also usually do a few searches to see what has been written in various media. The 30- day contradiction comment period for…