Ecma Posts Next Set of Open XML Dispositions for Review by National Standards Bodies

Just a quick note: Ecma International posted a statement that they have dropped the second set of dispositions for review. That brings the total to 1,795 dispositions of the 3,522 comments submitted during the Sept. 2 ballot. These dispositions represent changes to the specification based upon the comments. Rather than my trying to (and most…

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Apparently Kyoto Was The Place To Be Last Week – Heading Towards The Open XML BRM

I have been hearing from folks who were in Kyoto last week attending either the JTC 1 SC34 meeting and/or the Ecma TC45 meeting. In fact, for a day, the TC45 folks played host to SC34 members to discuss the Open XML specification and the work being done on the document. From all reports I…

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The Digital World of Music – Business Models Continued

I think the discussion on my last posting about digital music was great. If this topic interests you, you should take a moment to see the comments thread as people posted some really thoughtful stuff. In case you didn’t see this – the New York Times reported that Universal Music Group is going to put…

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Music Subscription Service – The Winning Consumer Model IMHO

I recently blogged about the fact that I was looking at my options for what music device and service would be my next purchase. The sexiest devices are clearly from Apple now – but the business model is the thing I don’t want. My music collection up until 2 years ago was completely stuck in…

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Multiple Formats Discussion Continued…

I just have itchy fingers tonight, and can’t help but blog a bit more. Peter Galli over at eWeek posted a piece in which I was quoted along with extensive input from Gary Edwards (late of the OpenDocument Foundation). In the piece, Mr. Edwards talks at length about all the work he is doing to…

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Good Standards Work – Bad Public Transparency

I absolutely knew we were going to see a posting like IBM’s Rob Weir’s latest. There was simply no question about it. My personal opinion is that greater transparency in the dispositions of comments for the Open XML BRM would be a good thing (see, I can agree with IBM occasionally). Brian Jones from Microsoft…

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Open XML BRM – A Response To Bob Sutor’s Assertions

On November 15, Bob Sutor over at IBM posted an opinion on the ballot resolution meeting that I think is fundamentally misleading, but also raises some valid questions deserving consideration by all parties. To be clear, I think countries who voted no should carefully consider the technical work done leading up to the BRM and…

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Music Consumption – Interop, Lock-in, Business Models

Before I write word one on this topic it is important to say that these are my personal observations – have nothing to do with my employer (Microsoft) or any particular industry expertise I may have. Also, this is something of a break from my ongoing writings about Open XML and document formats. Over the past two…

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Interoperability For Accessibility

I have been on the road the past week, and it has kept me from sitting down to write about two steps Microsoft has taken in the past week and half, and what I see happening around accessibility technologies. Just to make sure I have my terms clear – accessibility technologies (some refer to them…

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Just Sittin’ – Pickin’ A DAISY: translation and doc formats

In case you missed the news on this yesterday – Microsoft and the DAISY (Digital Accessible Information SYstem) consortia announced that Microsoft Office will support “Save As” DAISY using Open XML files in Office XP, Office 2003, and Office 2007. This is going to be done via a translation project hosted on SourceForge (yes, that makes…

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