Participation in standards…

Just a quick note today. I am on the road meeting with MS people and later this week doing a bunch of external outreach work in South Africa as well. During the last few months there has been a good deal of rumblings about participation in committees, about countries moving from o- to p- status,…

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IP, RAND, Standards, OSP, ISP – the conversation continues…

There have been numerous comments to my last blog posting, as well as a long response from Groklaw. Overall I am encouraged by the conversation as a whole because I think it is touching on some foundational issues. One of the most challenging aspects to the threads I’ve been reading in the responses to my…

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More Open XML Discussion – more misunderstandings about standards and IP

There is much to talk about based on what has been happening in the discussion of Open XML these days. First, ISO has posted a FAQ about 29500. The approach taken in the FAQ is both direct and simplified. The rabbit hole on standards goes deep indeed, and any such FAQ must simplify to make…

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Open XML – SC34 Maintenance Agreement

Throughout the months leading up to the BRM and then following it, there was discussion over the future maintenance of the specification. Rather than recapitulate the results of the last SC 34 meeting, let me just point you to Alex Brown’s blog. For those of you who were not following all of the players so…

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Texas Legislature – Electronic Documents Hearing

On Wednesday April 9, the Texas House of Representatives Government Reform Committee will be hearing testimony regarding electronic documents. The notice for the hearing states that the committee is looking to hear about: Research, investigate, and make recommendations on how electronic documents can be created, maintained, exchanged, and preserved by the state in a manner…

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More Protocol Documentation – Interop Principles Commitment

Just a quick note. MS is continuing to follow-through on the interop principles commitment made earlier this year. MS announced that >14,000 pages of preliminary documentation of client/server protocols has been posted to the web. The documentation is for: Protocols between Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 and Office client applications Protocols between Microsoft Office SharePoint…

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Open XML – Where The Rubber Meets The Road

After so much prognostication about standards in the abstract, it struck me today that it’s worth taking a moment to look at Open XML through a different lens. Does it make a difference for people who are using it? Is it doing what it was supposed to do? I’m going to step away from the…

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van den Beld Post & Participation – Open XML continued

The complaints keep rolling in on Groklaw about the outcome from Open XML. ***UPDATE #2: I went out to dinner and have been thinking a great deal about this. I do hold an opinion on this, but I think it is reasonable that people who read my blog expect me to be careful with my…

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The Process Challenge – A Predictable Path

***Updated April 7, April 8*** In light of the approval of Open XML as an international standard (see the ISO press release here), there are a few countries in which process issues are being raised. This blog post will act as repository of the challenges and information about each of them. For the past few…

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IS29500 – Open XML Is An International Standard

ISO has distributed the results of the Open XML vote to national bodies (**UPDATED) resulting in leaked information – but now confirmed by ISO in a press release. DIS 29500 has become IS 29500. In regular person speak – Open XML was adopted as an international standard by ISO/IEC JTC 1. This standard has received more technical…

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