The Open XML Ballot Resolution Meeting (BRM) Was An Unqualified Success

The DIS 29500 ballot resolution meeting (BRM) finished up in Geneva today and was an unqualified success by any measure. A few things need to be kept top of mind as national bodies solidify their position within the next 30 days: A BRM is about technical work on the remaining open issues most important to…

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Geneva Day 3 – Open XML BRM, OFE Event, and the blogosphere continued…

First  An article in CIO Magazine online The CIO of Denmark comments that no matter what happens at the BRM or in the following month, they will still use Open XML and ODF. The articles asserts that the CIO considers Open XML an open standard and one of the formats included in the government mandate…

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Open XML BRM Day 2 Thoughts

Well it would seem that facts, rumors, and opinions are flowing fast and hard from Geneva. There have been some substantive opinions being shared around that are interesting. I’ll focus on 2 topics for today. 1) Patrick Durusau – the project editor for the OpenDocument Format has posted another opinion, and if you are serious…

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Many Eyes on Geneva – Open XML Ballot Resolution Meeting

Well the bubble and churn of press and blogs is just getting going. It is worth mentioning that the process is supposed to be confidential per the rules of JTC 1 (ISO posted a press release today that is worth reading). I know that many delegations are under specific guidance to not blog or discuss…

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Microsoft Takes Next Step In Delivering Interoperability

Today Microsoft made a substantive announcement about interoperability and I’d like to discuss the elements of the announcement on my blog.   The Announcement   As many of the readers of this blog know, I have been working on interop issue for MS over the past 2 years. I went back and dug around my…

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Sage Words From Patrick Durusau (ODF Project Editor)

I included a reference to Partick’s open letter in my posting of yesterday. The more I thought about it, the more it occurred to me that it was important to elevate this. Patrick Durusau is well respected in the international standardization community and is the Project Editor for ODF. He wrote an open letter endorsing…

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Open XML: The BRM…The BRM…Oh My!…The BRM

After more than a year of writing about standardization of document formats, we sit on the verge of the ballot resolution meeting in Geneva next week. As expected, there is a great deal of kafluffle surround the event. The anti-Open XML folks are doing what they can to distract the BRM delegates from the work…

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Burton Group Conversation on Doc Formats

If you haven’t seen this – there is an interesting conversation under way over at the Burton Group’s blog. It references a study they put out a while back and the response to it from the ODF Alliance. Here are the links: The original report – What’s Up .DOC? The ODF Alliance response The Burton…

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Doc Formats and the State of Minnesota

Last summer, I spent an enjoyable day with a wide range of people in Minneapolis. There were a few weeks there where Microsoft, IBM, Adobe and others had quite a few subject matter experts to talk about document formats. At the time, a piece of legislation was being considered to put a procurement preference in…

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