Open XML, ODF, PDF, and XPS in Office

Clearly the Press Announcement today from Microsoft will bring about another wave of discourse on the future of document formats. The really short version of this announcement is that Office is going to support ODF, PDF, and XPS in the product directly and Microsoft engineers are going to join the OASIS working group on ODF,…

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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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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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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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Building Bridges to other XML-based Formats

I have repeatedly made the argument that it is bad logic that leads you to the conclusion that there should be only one document format. If you value innovation in document creation, and you want to see applications continue to advance rapidly, and you want to see broad-based problem sets be addressed creatively – then…

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United States Votes to Approve Open XML

The United States national body has voted to approve DIS 29500 with 11 votes “yes,” 4 votes “no,” 1 “abstain,” and 1 “not yet”. The 2/3 super-majority requirement was met.  The next step for them is a resolution meeting later this month.

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