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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.

February 16, 2012 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…).

September 7, 2008 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.

June 15, 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.

March 22, 2007 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.

December 12, 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.

November 7, 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.

September 5, 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.

June 1, 2005 by

Flamenco updates Web services software

Flamenco Networks on Monday released a new version of its Web services management software that allows customers to stay abreast of changes in Web services standards without having to rewrite existing applications. Flamenco's software is designed to exchange information securely between applications, particularly in a business-to-business scenario, using a set of XML-based standards called Web services.

August 18, 2003 by

Swingtide gathers Web services stats

Web services startup Swingtide said it will ship a product Monday that monitors and analyzes network traffic generated by Web services applications. Swingtide is one of several small companies looking to provide management tools to improve the performance and reliability of applications written to adhere to Web services standards based on Extensible Markup Language (XML).

May 19, 2003 by

Good schema management helps to maintain XML namespace

If you take a look at the vast number of different XML formats being used to describe something as intuitively simple as an invoice form, you can see one of the problems that is now beginning to crop up in many companies--namely, that everyone has a diffe

March 18, 2003 by

Choosing a Java application server: Price and performance

Once you have decided to invest in a Java application server, you must determine which one is best for your particular needs. An application server has a wide range of uses, from simple site navigation to business portals to e-commerce, CRM, and supply chain management. Different servers also offer varying support for particular databases and other software products, B2B and B2C transactions, and technologies like XML, Web services, rich media, and wireless. Those are just some of the possibilities, so you must carefully consider your requirements to determine which server is best for you.

June 26, 2002 by

Inktomi unveils XML-supporeted corporate search

Search technology provider Inktomi has introduced tools for navigating the complex byways of corporate intranets and databases in an effort to capture the highly sought-after enterprise market. The company developed software, called the Inktomi Search Toolkit, to support XML, a Web standard for data exchange that is becoming widely used by corporations to link applications such as content management, corporate portals, customer relationship management software and commerce services. The tools let software developers create sophisticated navigation systems to retrieve documents or references to documents across multiple applications. The Inktomi announcement comes shortly after search rival Google made a move to capture the enterprise market. In February, Google launched a new device that allows corporations to use its search technology to scan their own networks. --Stefanie Olsen, Special to ZDNet News

May 15, 2002 by

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