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The Identity Metaystem takes a big step forward, let’s hope Europe takes note.
Mike Jones has just posted the news that the Identity Metasystem Interoperability Version 1.0 specification has been approved as an OASIS standard , with 56 votes in favor and none against. Mike notes that: Numerous clarifications were incorporated as...
OpenXPS - OpenXML Paper Specification
At the 97th General Assembly held in Budapest, June 16, 2009, Ecma International approved Open XML Paper Specification (OpenXPS) as an Ecma standard ( ECMA-388 ). This Standard defines OpenXPS, the Open XML Paper Specification. OpenXPS describes a set...
ISO/IEC 29500:2008, Information technology - Office Open XML formats published
ISO’s press release says ISO (International Organization for Standardization) and IEC (International Electrotechnical Commission) have just published the joint International Standard, ISO/IEC 29500:2008, Information technology – Office Open XML formats...
Reuters: "Get Microsoft vote in perspective, says ISO chief"
Reuters European Technology Correspondent, Georgina Prodhan , has an interesting article " Get Microsoft vote in perspective, says ISO chief " based on an interview with ISO Secretary-General Alan Bryden in which he told Reuters the uproar that erupted...
Patrick Durusau's "non-standard guide to standards behaviour"
Patrick's latest post proposes some sarcastic rules for " behaviour in standards committees and standards making in general ":- He goes on to say:- Writing useful standards requires us to move beyond such behaviours. I have not included examples of those...
IBM's SEC 10-K report: Open Standards? Interoperability?
I was just looking at IBM's latest annual SEC 10-K report . "Open Standards" are listed in the "Key Business Drivers" section with the following note (my emphasis):- Open Standards The broad adoption of open standards is essential to the computing model...
IE8 beta passes ACID2 test "out of the box"
notice also the domain highlighting.
IE8 to pass Acid2 test in default configuration
I am pleased to report that Microsoft has confirmed that IE8 will use "Standards Mode" (and pass the Acid2 test) by default. Dean Hachamovitch, General Manager for Internet Explorer, has written about the change on the IEBlog . We’ve decided that IE8...
ODF 1.2 Roadmap (per Rob Weir)
IBM's Rob Weir outlines the "ODF 1.2 Roadmap" (my emphasis): Once we complete our editing work on ODF 1.2, it undergoes an approval process like this: Approval as a Committee Draft Public Review - 60 days Disposition of comments - 2 weeks Second public...
Sun sponsors Patrick Durusau to edit next ISO/IEC version of ODF
Sun announced yesterday that they have sponsored Patrick Durusau 's contract to act as editor of the ODF 1.2 specification. I noticed a couple of weeks ago that Patrick made some complimentary comments about the work done by ISO/IEC DIS 29500 editor,...
Sun: Standards as "strategic weapon"
Interesting May 2006 article on IEC's website that I haven't seen before in which Michelle Aden, Sun's “Standards Strategy Ambassador for the Chief Technologists’s Office" explains how standards are:- ... a “strategic weapon” in her company’s arsenal...
Baker & McKenzie paper compares Microsoft's OSP with Sun & IBM's equivalents.
Leading international law firm, Baker & McKenzie , have posted an updated* paper entitled " Standardisation and Licensing of Microsoft’s Office Open XML File Formats ":- This paper was commissioned by Microsoft and seeks to address and clarify any...
Mapping the Office Binary File Formats to OpenXML
Brian Jones provides the text of one of Ecma's responses to the comments received from National Standards Bodies to DIS29500 that pertain to mapping from the binary formats to OpenXML:- We believe that Interoperability between applications conforming...
Burton Group report on ODF/OOXML will "ruffle some feathers"
Earlier today the Burton Group released a free (registration required) report authored by Guy Creese ( bio ) and Peter O'Kelly ( bio ) and titled " What’s Up, .DOC? ODF, OOXML, and the Revolutionary Implications of XML in Productivity Applications " Guy...
MSDN Magazine article on Open Packaging Conventions (OPC)
There's a good article on MSDN about the Open Packaging Conventions that are used by OpenXML and XPS. OPC provides an open standard container technology that you can use without having to code your own custom binary container files. And it supports a...
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