DAISY Translator Released!

The Open XML to DAISY Translator is available in release form now. You can download the tool and install it for yourself. It really is great to see this come to fruition. We are grateful for our partnership with DAISY, they have been very helpful in educating us on the best ways to support users…

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Rested, relaxed

It’s a pretty rare opportunity to have an entire month away from work. I was getting acquainted to our new family member, taking care of various chores. My lawn never looked so good… a month is a long time. I’ve improved my skills at caulking, miter cuts, plumbing, gardening, weed trimming and a bunch of…


Open XML gains ISO approval

The ratification of Open XML as an ISO standard is a great outcome from the post-BRM voting period. Ecma and the Open XML project editors have been working tirelessly to address the comments from national bodies. The consensus achieved during the Ballot Resolution Meeting resulted in many approved changes to the specification. National bodies acknowledged…

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Unification of ODF and Open XML: An army without a general

It is interesting to witness vocal minority who insist Open XML and ODF become the same format. It must cause them terrible heartburn to know that their recommendation comes against the wishes of the ODF Editor. And yes, Rob, this is Mr. Durusau speaking as “the editor of OpenDocument.” So much for fine distinctions. http://www.durusau.net/publications/wholoses.pdf…

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Bill Gates at the U.S. House of Representatives

Coming on the back of the “Approve” confirmation of the United States national body (guess Bob Sutor couldn’t bully them, eh?), it is great to see this video on YouTube. These are the comments by Bill Gates during his testimony to the United States House of Representatives. Congressman Brian Baird is asking the questions of…

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Critical questions for national bodies considering OOXML/DIS 29500

Bob Sutor has emerged from blogging about Second Life to once again attempt to threaten and intimidate national standards bodies. I’d like to call your attention to a few of the questions he’s asking about: “Those were the easy and straightforward ones. The following ones are more controversial, but I don’t think anyone is naive…

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Open Office to support Open XML?

Interesting post here: http://www.oooninja.com/2008/03/openofficeorg-30-new-features.html “Microsoft Office 2007 file format support Microsoft Office 2007 (also called Office Open XML) file formats include .docx, .pptx, and .xlsx. Despite the similarity in names, these formats are significantly different than the Microsoft Office formats used since 1997. OpenOffice.org 3 will offer native read and write support. OpenOffice.org 3.0 DEV300_m3…

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Ooh’s and Aaah’s for March 19th

Ooh.. (should I say Ouch!): http://www.oreillynet.com/xml/blog/2008/03/how_many_defects_remain_answer.html. Once again Rob Weir is defeated (handily). “One of the constant themes over the last year has been the theme of panic. QUICK: You only have one month to find contradictions. QUICK: You only have five months to find defects. You only have a few weeks to evaluate the…

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Shamelessly out of context

I’ve seen a few comments this week quoting my comments in PC World, and claiming that I have somehow recommended a “no” vote on Open XML. “If individual governments mandate the use of ODF instead of Open XML, Microsoft would adapt. The company would then implement the missing functionality that ODF doesn’t support.” So, consider…

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St. Patrick’s Day Letter from Chris Capossela

Chris Capossela, SVP at Microsoft (somewhere high in the altitude of my management chain) has published an open letter regarding Open XML. This is another effort to underscore our commitments to openness, the Open XML process, and building the Open XML community. This is a great letter that you should read in its entirety, but…

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