When in mid-October 2007, the OpenDocument Foundation (ODf, yes, that's a little "f" that's not to be confused with the OASIS- and 400-member strong OpenDocument Alliance-backed big F-ODF: the OpenDocument Format) announced that the World Wide Web Consoritum (W3C)-backed Common Document Format (CDF) was the heir-apparent to what it believed was a dead-on-arrival OpenDocument Format, many confused the ODf to be one in the same with the ODF and the latter to have one foot in the grave.
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Yesterday, the fecal matter started to hit the fan when Sun's director of Web technologies Tim Bray responded to comments made by Microsoft standards and open source general manager Jason Matusow regarding the OpenDocument Format (ODF). Today, Andy Updegrove (lawyer for OASIS, the consoritium that published the ODF specification) ratcheted things up a notch by referring to Microsoft's statements as disinformation and "The Big Lie.
Now that Sun's Engineers have admitted that the OpenDocument format is much slower than Microsoft's format and that Microsoft's document format is open, what is the point in converting to the OpenDocument format? The only complaint about Microsoft's Open XML format from the OpenDocument crowd is that they don't get a say in the design of Microsoft's format. But given OASIS’ bloated track record with their own open document format, do we really want them to?
IBM's vice president of standards and open source Bob Sutor appears quite peeved by an article in eWeek:In an eWeek article just published ("Microsoft to OpenDocument Alliance: Where's the Choice?"), Microsoft is accusing the supporters of the OpenDocument Format, a true open standard from the OASIS standards organization, of somehow limiting choice.
OASIS general counsel Andy Updegrove blogs: Only a few blog entries ago it was my sad lot to report that Massachusetts CIO Peter Quinn had resigned, leaving the fate of his effort to mandate use of the OpenDocument format (ODF) hanging in the air.
Already being lampooned as FUD by OASIS general council Andrew Updegrove (OASIS is the the consortium that stewards the OpenDocument Format), Microsoft has posted a FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) that it hopes will address any of the confusion around its convenant not to sue (developers who implement its file formats in their software) as well as questions that have arisen as result of the submission of its file formats to Ecma International.
IBM officially announced support for OpenDocument Format in Workplace Managed Client 2.6....Inan announcement Sunday in India, IBM said it will add ODF support to theclient software to give customers more flexibility, since the standardallows files to be compatible with any office productivity suite or otherapplications that support the standard. Workplace Managed Client 2.6 willsupport Version 1.0 of the ODF standard, which is XML-based and was recentlyratified by Organization for the Advancement of Structured InformationStandards. IBM is a member of the OASIS technical committee that developedthe standard. ... "I think it's something that will make life a lot easier for users,because they won't have to worry about proprietary file formats,"said Peter O'Kelly, an analyst at Midvale, Utah-based Burton Group. "Anyvendors using ODF make it easier for users; they won't be beholden to anybody."You'll find similar articles on a dozen other publicationsso far. Good news. Link: ComputerWorld:IBM Workplace Client to Support Open Document Format in '06>
Microsoft's move to make its Open XML document format an international standard could hobble the uptake of OpenDocument, the OASIS-approved document format that is supported by Sun Microsystems.Earlier this month, Microsoft said it would be submitting its Open XML document format, which will be the default file format in the next version of its Office suite, to standards body Ecma.
Within days of OASIS' OpenDocument Format (ODF) suffering a political setback in Massachusetts (a drama which has yet to fully play itself out), many of Microsoft's competitors gathered in IBM-stronghold Armonk, NY on Friday, November 4 to plot the next steps for the fledgling XML-based document standard. Because some of what was discussed was apparently confidential, the press was not invited to observe the ODF Summit.
As more news gets out about how the Massachusetts decision to standardize on OASIS' OpenDocument Format (ODF) as the statewide standard for creating...
In a recent blog entry entitled Shame on Corel, Andy Updegrove, legal counsel to OASIS (the consortium that's the steward of the OpenDocument Format specification), lashes out at Wordperfect for wavering on support of ODF. The blog points to a recent eWeek story that reported that Corel would support the format.
Between the way the recently OASIS-ratified OpenDocument Format (ODF) was approved as the Massachusetts standard file format for productivity applications, and the way it was submitted for consideration as a global standard to the International Standards Organization (the ISO) and the way the thin-client discussion has suddenly moved front and center again, could we be on the verge of an ODF-inspired document revolution?
Massachusetts' recent decision to standardize on the OASIS-chaperoned OpenDocument Format (ODF) as its statewide standard file format for saving and exchanging documents that are typically created by productivity applications has generated a huge amount of controversy.
The group behind the OpenDocument document format seeks broader government appeal through ISO standardization.
The OASIS standards body says its members have ratified OpenDocument, an XML-based file format for desktop applications, as a standard available on a royalty-free basis.
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