May 2006 news items

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29 May 2006

Why Redmond feels so threatened by OpenDocument
The revenue stream generated by locking customers into closely guarded proprietary file formats is the proverbial golden goose. ComputerWorld NZ

27 May 2006

ODF in Denmark
The Danish Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation will from 1 September 2006 make its online publications and other written communication available in ODF, announced the Minister of Science, Helge Sander. Gotzeblogged

26 May 2006

Do we need two ISO standards for document format?, Open Malaysia.
Yesterday, the Secretary General of the >International Organization for Standardization himself gave a CEO Luncheon Talk on International Standards, "A Support To Be Competitive On World Markets" in Kuala Lumpur.

OASIS ODF Accessibility Subcommittee recommendations
The subcommittee has just completed an accessibility evaluation of the ODF 1.0 specification. It has identified 9 accessibility issues in ODF 1.0, and proposes candidate solutions to them. Peter Korn

25 May 2006

OpenDocument Debate Enters Round Three
The OpenDocument opponent tries to make the standards debate about GNU/Linux, about FOSS, and about anything else they can think of that will draw attention away from the fact that they refuse to commit to an open standard. LXer

24 May 2006

Massachusetts could be the canary in the mine
The mild-mannered CIO of Massachusetts sparked a standards debate when he made it policy that state workers use open-standard formats. CNN

22 May 2006

OpenDocument in Massachusetts: War of the Words
The original issue was that the state had asked that vendors be willing to use an open document standard. Titch's article is essentially an attempt to recast the debate in other terms. LXer

19 May 2006

KDE Joins ODF Alliance
The position of the OpenDocument Format was today strengthened by the K Desktop Environment (KDE) joining the ODF Alliance. KDE

19 May 2006

No love lost between Microsoft and OpenDocument
Protecting those file formats must be worth countless millions, if not billions of dollars to Microsoft. That's why Microsoft is paying attention to ODF, and it's why you should keep paying attention, too, even if digital file formats aren't normally your thing. LinuxWorld AU

17 May 2006

What Does the OpenDocument Plugin Accomplish for Organizations?
It does two things: A) Ends Version Madness, and B) Introduces a durably open file format for documents without a disruptive change of software. PlexNex

16 May 2006

ISO approval 'unlikely for Microsoft Open XML'
The International Organization for Standardization is unlikely to adopt Microsoft Office Open XML format, now that it has approved the OpenDocument Format, according to analyst group Gartner. CNet

16 May 2006

IBM backs OpenDocument in Lotus Notes
IBM has announced an upgrade to Lotus Notes that will include access to office productivity applications and support for the OpenDocument format. CNet

16 May 2006

IBM Makes Collaborative Innovation Real With Preview of Next Generation IBM Lotus Notes Client
Office productivity editors will be included in the next version of Lotus Notes, when it goes to planned public beta this fall. These editors support the XML-based OpenDocument Format (ODF) standard. IBM

16 May 2006

The evolution of office document standards
OpenDocument is the next step on the evolutionary tree of interoperability. InfoWorld

15 May 2006

Next Notes to get ODF support
IBM Software's next Notes client will include OpenDocument editors. CRN

13 May 2006

The Evolving ODF Environment Part II: Spotlight on OpenOffice
An interview with Louis Suarez-Potts, OpenOffice's Community Manager, and John McCreesh, Marketing co-lead. OpenOffice is the most implemented of all software packages that support ODF. Consortium Standards Bulletin

12 May 2006

ISO approval of OASIS OpenDocument is a blow to Microsoft
"It is now unlikely that ISO will adopt Microsoft's Open XML format." Gartner

10 May 2006

Plugin Prompts Torrent of FUD
Disability groups in Massachusetts and Microsoft's army of lobbyists and its network of disinformation agents have sparked up a new round of FUD against The Commonwealth's ETRM 3.5 open standards policy. Sam Hiser

09 May 2006

More ODF FUD, this time around the plug-in
Counters claims that Massachusetts' ODF policy is a biased, open source only preference policy, by pointing to commercial products from Sun (StarOffice) and IBM (Workplace) that support ODF. Bob Sutor

09 May 2006

Debunking computer monoculture
With OpenDocument, no matter what platform you make your document on, it can be read by any other platform that supports it -- and OpenDocument is royalty-free. Computerworld AU

08 May 2006

Europe can't wait for Microsoft to play ODF catch up
The European Commission is backpedalling on the Open Document Format because of Microsoft's promises on OpenXML. Now is no time to let up on the move to proper open standards. ZDNet UK

08 May 2006

ISO and IEC approve OpenDocument OASIS standard for data interoperability of office applications
The official press release. ISO

08 May 2006

International Standard Delivers True Data Interoperability for Office Applications
ISO /IEC approval of OpenDocument as an International Standard is a major step forward in advancing the adoption of a format that gives all of us the flexibility to select the office application--commercial or open source--that best meets our needs. Business Wire

08 May 2006

ODF has successful week
Last week, the OpenDocument Format (ODF) had two major successes. First and foremost, it was approved by ISO to become an international standard. Second, OpenDocument Foundation, Inc. has finished its creation of an ODF plug-in. Ars Technica

06 May 2006

ODF Plug-ins and a Microsoft Promise of Cooperation
Consortium Standards Bulletin

06 May 2006

OpenDocument Plug-In Ready For Microsoft Office
Massachusetts plans to use the plug-in to ease its mandatory transition from Microsoft Office to the OpenDocument Format. The plug-in is from the OpenDocument Foundation, not Microsoft. InformationWeek

05 May 2006

The Evolving ODF Environment: Spotlight on KOffice
Consortium Standards Bulletin

05 May 2006

Microsoft Office to get a dose of OpenDocument
Even Microsoft Office can now work with files in the OpenDocument format by using a new plug-in from the OpenDocument Foundation. CNet

04 May 2006

Open Document Format Gets ISO Approval
OpenDocument gets approved as an international standard for information retrieval and exchange regardless of platform. PC Magazine

04 May 2006

OpenDocument Foundation to MA: We Have a Plugin
The OpenDocument Foundation has notified the Massachusetts ITD that we have completed testing on an ODF Plugin for all versions of MS Office dating back to MS Office 97. Groklaw

03 May 2006

ISO/IEC makes ODF an international standard
The six-month voting window for ISO/IEC adoption of the ODF standard closed on May 1, and at midnight (Geneva time) May 2 it was announced that the format had been approved by the ISO. DesktopLinux

03 May 2006

OpenDocument standard ratified
OpenDocument was ratified as a file format standard Tuesday night by an international standards group, setting the stage for greater worldwide adoption of the open-source file format technology. CNet

03 May 2006

Open Document Format Gets ISO Approval
The Open Document Format has been approved as an international standard by the International Standards Organization, a move that supporters say will serve as a springboard for the adoption and use of ODF around the world. eWeek

01 May 2006

Format impractical? Largest ministry uses it.
Since 2004, the Singapore Ministry of Defence has adopted OpenOffice and the OpenDocument format. The Straits Times.