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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Applying the Interoperability Principles to Accessibility

As last week came to a close, I blogged about a few examples where Microsoft was applying the Interoperability Principles to its business. Much is being written about the role standards will play in the future of the software industry. It is important to understand that no software company or product can (or would want…

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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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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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