May 2007 News Items

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21 May 2007
UOF-OOXML Translator Project with China, Andy Updegrove, Standards Blog
The news of the day should put any doubt to rest about what a well-known vendor, being the major opponent of ODF and open standards, plans for ODF. It appears the vendor will do everything that it can, and wherever it must, to ensure that ODF makes the minimum inroads possible into its vastly profitable Office franchise. Text of the vendor's press release announcing the arrangements.

18 May 2007
Message to Denmark: Dual Format Standards Are Bad, Simon Phipps
One single, baseline standard for document files is clearly preferable. However, when it comes to OOXML, because of its complexity and the way it unfairly advantages a single vendor's products, OOXML is clearly a very poor choice for a national standard. Therefore it is essential to advocate having a single standard and for that standard to be OpenDocument (ODF).

17 May 2007
They must love ODF, and that’s fine, but this is not about ODF, Bob Sutor
Commentary on 16 May press release titled "Microsoft Votes for Choice".

Nice Standard You've Got There (Hate to see you use it…), Andy Updegrove, Standards Blog
Commentary on 16 May press release titled "Microsoft Votes for Choice".

16 May 2007
Microsoft Votes for Choice, Press Release
The major opponent of ODF today announced that it has voted to back the addition of OpenDocument Format (ODF) 1.0 to the nonexclusive American National Standards list.

15 May 2007
ODF vs. OpenXML, Ephraim Schwartz, InfoWorld
"Convincing customers they have the better technology is the weapon of choice when it comes to winning business battles in high tech... At the highest level, ODF (Open Document Format) vs. OpenXML is a battle between two business competitors..."

14 May 2007
Presentations from ODF Workshop at the 2007 OASIS Symposium
PDF (2.2MB) containing presentations by Michael Brauer (2), Peter Brunet, Rob Weir (2), and Alan Clark.

13 May 2007
Norwegian Standards Council Recommends Mandatory use of ODF and PDF, Consortium Standards Blog
"According to a press release provided in translation to me by an authoritative source, Norway now joins Belgium, Finland, and France (among other nations) in moving towards a final decision to require such use."

11 May 2007
Norwegian Minister of Government Administration and Reform requires use of Open Formats

02 May 2007
ODF/OOXML technical white paper, Edward Macnaghten, Free Software Magazine
A white paper based on a technical comparison between the ODF and OOXML formats. Includes link to a place to download the actual document (titled "Technical Distinctions of ODF and OOXML") in ODT and PDF.