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  • Blog Post: Rethinking ODF leadership

    I can't help but observe the "discussion" underway with respect to spreadsheet interoperability that Rob Weir has started . Essentially Rob is complaining that Microsoft didn't implement the formula namespace of OpenOffice. For the chair of the committee to post vitriol like this about the implementation...
  • Blog Post: Within Minutes

    I can keep this post nice and short. Patrick Durusau has responded to some pretty harsh accusations from Rob Weir . (I guess I got the answer to my question about the disconnect within the ODF TC .) I guess Nick Tsilas should feel vindicated , at least a little bit. Ouch: "If you need further proof...
  • Blog Post: Got FUD? Here’s a guide for the perplexed

    I saw Bob Sutor's post last week titled " There is humor in the OOXML morass ." This is where he calls out comments from Nick Tsilas as worthy of "a good laugh." I interpreted Bob's post as an attempt by IBM to deny that they are leading the charge against Open XML. I like a good laugh too, so I had...
  • Blog Post: “I am rubber, you are glue…”

    Rob Weir is apparently offended that someone would suggest that ODF is controlled by a single vendor, going so far as to accuse Burton Group of some influence over the Open XML ISO voting process. He says: "Waiting until after February, after the DIS 29500 process concludes, to make corrections is...
  • Blog Post: Russian Cows and Adolescent Boys

    Patrick Durusau has picked up on a thread that I regard as somewhat important (and underplayed) in the Open XML and ODF discussion. Supporting ODF does (should) not require opposing Open XML. There is a growing middle ground of consensus building around supporting multiple standards, despite any end...
  • Blog Post: ODF Alliance: The widening gap between fact and fiction

    I was pointed at a document created by the ODF alliance (with a creation date of Feb 6 th ) that discusses the recent dust-up on supported file types in Office 2003 Service Pack 3. While this was not one of our shining moments as a product, I was disappointed to see the amount of gross factual error...
  • Blog Post: Shamelessly out of context

    I've seen a few comments this week quoting my comments in PC World, and claiming that I have somehow recommended a "no" vote on Open XML. "If individual governments mandate the use of ODF instead of Open XML, Microsoft would adapt. The company would then implement the missing functionality that ODF...
  • Blog Post: Ooh’s and Aaah’s for March 19th

    Ooh.. (should I say Ouch!): http://www.oreillynet.com/xml/blog/2008/03/how_many_defects_remain_answer.html . Once again Rob Weir is defeated (handily). "One of the constant themes over the last year has been the theme of panic. QUICK: You only have one month to find contradictions. QUICK: You only...
  • Blog Post: A disappointing surprise from the SFLC

    I could make a full time job of tearing down the "say anything we possibly can" approach to Open XML opposition. Seems like we're seeing a new level of arm-flailing and finger pointing, now that we are weeks away from the close of the post BRM period. I wanted to offer some comments about the SFLC's...
  • Blog Post: The value of a checkbox as defined by a standard

    Just keeping tabs on the state of matters for document format standards. I thought I'd share some of those interesting data points and connect some dots along the way. Ouch . Rich Jelliffe discusses some of the dynamics of the OASIS ODF TC. Rick says: "It seems that OASIS rules actually ban Technical...
  • Blog Post: Office 2007 SP2 and PDF version support - @Pot&Kettle

    I wanted to discuss a specific coverage area for Office 2007 SP2. I was recently directed toward the Acrobat Team blog , which is pointing out some of the differences between Adobe Acrobat 9 and Office 2007 SP2. As explained in the post, Adobe has worked hard to add value to the Office platform with...
  • Blog Post: “Someone is wrong on the internet”

    A great way to wind down for the weekend. This is a wonderful site. Happy Friday!