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Weekly Links #9

  • “Last month OASIS ODF Adoption TC member Rob Weir sat down with Svante Schubert at the Plugfest in Granada to discuss a range of topics, including ODF 1.2’s RDF-based metadata and Svante’s work on ODFDOM. You can listen to this interview in our first episode of the ODF Podcast. “

    tags: ODF

  • tags: standards

  • “The conclusion is that there is actually no way for an OOXML consumer application to rely on the “standard” OOXML to interoperate with Excel 2010 (and Excel 2007). It’s all back to binary formats even though, by registering proprietary formats in the clipboard, the Excel team had years to implement this opportunity to store real OOXML in there.”

    But the author here is talking about clipboard formats, not storage formats. So I think this is a lesser problem than the interop of stored documents themselves.

    tags: OOXML

  • “Given the funding cutoff, the IT department had no recourse except to stick with Microsoft Office, but along with Ecma, they helped to blur the definition of an open standard. If practical necessities require a government agency to set aside its commitment to archival security, open access, and related responsibilities, this should be stated candidly. Abatements can be changed later when financial or technical improvements make it possible to use open standards. But to declare something open when it is not does more than sow distrust—it pollutes future debate and perpetuates public ignorance. Furthermore, agencies should not accept uncritically a moniker of “openness” from other institutions, even highly regarded ones such as Ecma and ISO, when these institutions take a lax attitude toward the traits held
    important in the open source movement.”

    tags: ODF, standards

  • “If cross-platform sharing and archiving is important to you, there’s improved support for ODF (Open Document Format) and an option to make the ODF the default file format. “

    tags: ODF

  • “The Free Software Foundation (FSF) today announced a project to assemble a replacement extension library for OpenOffice.org, which will list only those extensions which are free software, at http://www.fsf.org/openoffice.”

    tags: OpenOffice

  • “So why we keep comparing ODF and whatever happens on the web? Certainly ODF has always done this, with standards like Dublin-core, MathML, and other standards. Microformats, and Geo locational web can certainly be in that train of thought. If the applications support it or not, let’s be clear, ODF should mark the leadership, and the apps should follow, so is meant to be that the apps should catch up to ODF and not the other way around.”

    tags: ODF

Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here.

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  • zaine_ridling 2010/05/16, 8:11 am

    As usual, thanks for these, Rob. Due to so many web apps, I’ve been pleasantly surprised at so many of my friends and acquaintances grow tired of seeing their data in proprietary shackles.

  • Anonymous 2010/05/16, 12:57 pm

    I find these links also interesting but to be honest everytime I check the blog I’m always waiting for the last parts of OOXML series that were blogged few months back, were there still plans to write them or is there any motivation left to write about the issue any more?

  • Rob 2010/05/16, 7:01 pm

    @Anonymous, Yes, I owe you two more parts in the OOXML series. I wrote the last part already. I just need to finish the penultimate part now.

    Often, when I want to learn more about a topic I commit to write a blog post about it. That commitment forces me to research the topic in depth, especially when I know that whatever I say will be heavily scrutinized by readers here, or on Slashdot, or wherever. But I’m not sure there is more that I want to know about OOXML. I’ll finish writing up the remaining untold chapters in that story, and there is some interesting facts not generally known. But there is little motivation for me to dive into the specification and point out another 1,000 technical flaws, or anything like that. OOXML as an ISO standard is not really relevant anymore.

    In any case I was never very good about churning out content on a regular schedule. Writing is not easy for me. I need to be in the “right mood” for it. I need an itch to scratch, so to speak.

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