June 2007 news items

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12 June 2007
New York state to debate open document format legislation, Eric Lai, Computerworld UK
"Move would force state to examine the options. A New York politician has launched a bill that would order the US state to examine a switch to open document formats for official business."

11 June 2007
Achieving Openness: a closer look at ODF & OOXML. Sam Hiser.
A comparison of two of the XML-based formats, OpenDocument Format (ODF) and Office Open XML (MOOX), across widely accepted definitions of openness has revealed substantial differences.

10 June 2007
Legislators Wimp Out on Open Document Format Bills, Andy Updegrove, Consortium Standards Blog
"Does it matter if those in elected office claim that they are not competent to address the bills that are brought before them by their fellow representatives, and to make the hard calls? The answer is yes for three reasons."

08 June 2007
Do we need two ISO standards for document format? - Part 4, Open Malaysia.
While the OpenDocument Format is sufficiently open across all four key criteria, OOXML shows relative weakness in each criteria and offers fundamental flaws that undermine its candidacy as a global standard.

07 June 2007
New York becomes latest state to ponder ODF, Elizabeth Montalbano, InfoWorld.
New York State Bill A08961 encourages use of open standards for government documents.

Opendocument - epetition reply, UK Prime Minister's Office
"The UK Government champions open standards and interoperability through its e Government Interoperability Framework (eGIF). Where possible the Government only uses products for interoperability that support open standards and specifications in all future IT developments..."

06 June 2007
ODF and Web 2.0, Bernard Golden, CIO
"ODF represents the next battleground in corporate computing... it's obvious that a significant part of the potential customer base is refusing to be locked in at the product level... the application is only relevant as a way to create, store, and manipulate data. And that data is, increasingly, becoming something well beyond a self-contained document..."

05 June 2007
Chinese Tech Stock Weekly Summary
Sun Microsystems, the OpenOffice.org community and Redflag announced an agreement to collaborate on integrating new features in the Chinese localization of OpenOffice.org, a key implementation of OpenDocument Format, the ISO 26300 open standard file format for office application is completely vendor neutral.

Documents for the Long Term, Rob Weir
"The suitability of a format for long term archiving depends as much on the formal structure of the technological dependencies as it does on specific details of the technologies involved. The greatest technologies in the world, if assembled in an unstable dependency arrangement, will lead to an unstable system."

Comparing OpenDocument (ODF) with MS-XML (OOXML/EOOXML) - and why Multiple Competing Standards are a Bad Idea, David Wheeler
"Microsoft continues to give its bizarre argument that multiple competing (conflicting) standards for the same purpose is a good thing. They are dreadfully confused. Having multiple competing products is a good thing, but having multiple competing standards is terrible."

04 June 2007
Microsoft Lobbies Legislatures to Kill ODF Bills: Time to Tackle The Issue Elsewhere, Ken Hardin, IT Business Edge
"Microsoft will take a well-deserved beating this week in the wake of a ComputerWorld article about how its lobbying efforts derailed states’ legislative efforts to mandate the use of open document standards."

In Other Words, Open Formats Surging Ahead, Jonathan Eunice, Illuminata Perspectives
"...these legislative and lobbying skirmishes are happening precisely because the concept of open document formats is now seen as important and achievable... The march of openness and open standards is progressing rapidly."

03 June 2007
Microsoft trounces pro-ODF forces in state battles over open document formats, Eric Lai and Gregg Keizer, Computerworld
"Bills fail in five states; Minnesota approves watered-down study legislation. In a resounding victory for Microsoft Corp., bills seeking to mandate the use of open document formats by government agencies have been defeated in five states, and only a much-watered-down version of such legislation was signed into law in a sixth state."

02 June 2007
Governing coalition to push for the adoption of open IT standards, Robert W. Smith, Heise Online
"Dr. Uwe Küster, the party whip of the parliamentary group of the Social Democrats (SPD) in the Bundestag, the lower chamber of Germany's federal parliament, said that the governing coalition would within the next two weeks submit a motion that would make open formats mandatory for the information technology of the federal authorities of the Federal Republic... The focus would be on office software... the Open Document Format (ODF)..."

01 June 2007
StarOffice flies with Singapore Airlines, Aaron Tan, ZDNet Asia.
Travelers without laptop PCs, or who don't wish to fire up their computers, can still work on their documents while onboard selected Singapore Airlines (SIA) flights, accessing OpenDocument files and other formats on their own USB storage devices and even export documents in PDF format.