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February 16, 2012 by

Jury still out on govt document standards

The Australian Government Information Management Office (AGIMO) is still undecided on whether it needs to mandate the support of ODF alongside Office Open XML as an alternative document format in agencies.

September 7, 2008 by

CSS on a tight leash

My time at The Ministry is soon to draw to a close, and I have written some scintillating documentation as a parting gift. The most important by far is entitled CSS management (I have a way with words…).

June 15, 2007 by

WSO2 expands ESB market with Apache Synapse-based, open source SOA offering

We took a much broader view to say that the bus is really all of your XML, HTTP, and JMS -- all of your communications -- and it encompasses a variety of clients and servers and different endpoints. So what do you need in that space? You need a very smart and simple mediator that can fit in, without disturbing those existing systems, and add those levels of management, connectivity, and virtualization that I was just talking about. That was really our plan and our approach to this space.

March 22, 2007 by

Surprise: Microsoft's DSI is not dead

Microsoft is going to try to resuscitate its Dynamic Systems Initiative (DSI) in the coming weeks/months, starting with the March 22 announcement that Microsoft and a handful of systems-management partners -- and competitors -- are submitting the XML-based Service Modeling Language (SML) to the W3C for standardization.

September 12, 2006 by

Yahoo: Lars Rabbe, CIO

Yahoo CIO Lars Rabbe works in a competitive and rapidly changing market, where new ideas can affect millions of users. His current challenge: innovating around Web 2.0 and social networking. In a CIO Vision Series interview, he talks about some of the tools and technologies that are driving development at Yahoo and how to promote a culture of innovation.

December 12, 2005 by

Why an open standard for DRM won't prevent the DRM trainwreck

If you've been following my various rantings on this blog, particularly the ones about file formats (OpenDocument Format vs. Microsoft's Office XML-based formats) or digital restrictions management (DRM) [sic], or a lot of what I've written over the last five years about open standards and intellectual property, then you'll know that for the benefit of technology buyers (ZDNet's audience), I'm a strong advocate of open standards.

November 7, 2005 by

MS-Office schema not as open source friendly as Microsoft says it is

When Alan Yates, Microsoft Information Worker Product Management Group business strategy general manager, first came to me to say that his company had been railroaded when Massachusetts voted the OpenDocument office file format (ODF) in, and Microsoft's Office XML Reference Schema (OXRS) out, one of his original arguments was that OXRS was getting a bad rap for not being implementable in open source software.

September 5, 2005 by

XML as document format rules!!!

George Ou thinks XML is an inefficient and unnecessary replacement for binary file formats. John Carroll disagrees, arguing that XML is the lego approach to managing data, and offers advantages in small-to-medium sized data management situations.

June 1, 2005 by

Office 12 defaulting to .XML file format

Chris Capossela, who runs product management for the Office family of products, dropped by to see me to dribble out more details about the next version of Microsoft Office (currently dubbed "12"), which is due in the second half of 2006. The important revelation, which was expected, is that some Office 12 applications (Word, Excel and Powerpoint) will use Office Open XML as the default file format.


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