The Worldwide Search for a Standard Document Format

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| Lost amid the complex ISO process and reports of Microsoft's ballot-stuffing
| is a clear understanding of just what the fuss at ISO is all about, and its
| relevance to governments, businesses and individuals around the world.
|
| [...]
|
| Microsoft's OOXML continues to fail this test. For example, the comments from
| the British Standards Institute pointed out that "there was no other proven
| implementation of OOXML apart from Office 2007."
|
| [...]
|
| For now, the failure for OOXML to clear the ISO hurdle represents a "buyer
| beware" warning for governments in their quest for open standards and
| interoperability.
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http://www.linuxinsider.com/rsstory/59663.html


Related:

British Library calls for digital copyright action

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| In a manifesto released on Monday at the Labor Party Conference
| in Manchester, the United Kingdom's national library warned that the
| country's traditional copyright law needs to be extended to fully
| recognize digital content.
|
| "Unless there is a serious updating of copyright law to recognize
| the changing technological environment, the law becomes an ass,"
| Lynne Brindley, chief executive of the British Library, told ZDNet
| UK.
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http://news.zdnet.com/2100-9588_22-6119043.html


Vista and British Library put da Vinci online

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| Microsoft and the British Library have digitised two of Leonardo da
| Vincis' notebooks.
|
| [...]
|
| The British Library has created an updated version of its application
| called "Turning the Pages" which allows people to browse parts of
| its 150 million piece collection via a web browser. We heard how
| this works better using Vista.
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http://www.theregister.co.uk/2007/01...tebooks_vista/


Publish And Perish

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| Alexander Rose, the executive director of the futurist Long Now
| Foundation, worries about the impermanence of digital information.
| "If you save that computer for 100 years, will the electrical plugs
| look the same?" he asks. "The Mac or the PC--will they be around?
| If they are, what about the software? " So far there's no business
| case for digital preservation--in fact, for software makers like
| Microsoft, planned obsolescence is the plan.
|
| "The reality is that it's in companies' interest that software should
| become obsolete and that you should have to buy every upgrade,"
| Rose says. We could be on the cusp of a turning point, though, in the
| way businesses and their customers think about digital preservation.
| "Things will start to change when people start losing all of their personal
| photos," Rose said.
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http://www.forbes.com/2006/11/30/boo...rtner=yahootix
http://tinyurl.com/yyjqoh


http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/6265976.stm


Microsoft’s 4th of July Trans-Atlantic assault on document standards

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| With OOXML and XPS, Microsoft has chosen to not work with existing standards,
| but to create new ones, as they have in their recent announcement on Web3S
| instead of working with the rest of the industry on the Atom Publishing
| Protocol. In the case of OOXML, this is a logical move on Microsoft’s part,
| since it is an evolution of Microsoft’s XML strategy started with the
| Microsoft Office 2003 version and ODF will be a technology diversion from
| that strategy. With Microsoft controlling 90% of the office productivity
| tools market and OOXML being the default file format for Microsoft Office
| 2007, OOXML is likely to be widely-used. * * * *
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http://blogs.zdnet.com/Newton/?p=16


Microsoft criticized for Open XML petition

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| The petition is an attempt to make it appear that Open XML
| has "pseudo-grassroots" support, argues Mark Taylor, the
| founder of the Open Source Consortium.
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http://news.zdnet.com/2100-3513_22-6173625.html


Microsoft calls on UK public to raise the Office standard

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| Microsoft is calling on the Great British public to join its campaign
| to get the XML Office format adopted as an international standard.
|
| [...]
|
| It is not clear if the UK is an opponent. However, a representative
| of fellow member the Bureau of Indian Standards recently reportedly
| complained to the IndiaTime.com over Microsoft's decision to dump
| 6,000 pages of documentation on them.
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http://www.theregister.co.uk/2007/04...ards_petition/