Brian Jones: Office Solutions

I'm Brian Jones, the group program manager of the Office Solutions Framework team.

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  • Blog Post: Open XML is now a US National Standard

    More on Doug's blog: http://blogs.msdn.com/dmahugh/archive/2009/04/17/is29500-is-an-american-national-standard.aspx -Brian
  • Blog Post: ISO/IEC publishes the Office Open XML specification

    There was some great news yesterday for those of you waiting to see what the final version of the Open XML specification would look like after the BRM resolutions were applied. ISO/IEC 29500 is now published in its final form: http://www.iso.org/iso/pressrelease.htm?refid=Ref1181 As I mentioned in...
  • Blog Post: ISO takes full control - SC34 now moving forward on maintenance and evolution of Open XML

    I'm heading home from Norway in the morning, but wanted to give a quick update on the progress made over the past few days. I was attending the SC34 meetings in Oslo and there was a good amount of focus on document format standards (SC34, as designated by JTC1, is the maintenance body for Open XML)....
  • Blog Post: Open XML Overwhelmingly Approved as an ISO / IEC standard (IS 29500): the end of the file formats war

    I'm sure many folks have seen the news by now that Open XML has been approved as an ISO/IEC standard (IS 29500). Based on the numbers I've seen, looking at the P member countries there are now 24 who vote "yes", and only 8 vote "no". This puts the P member approval at 75% easily passing the 2/3 majority...
  • Blog Post: Norway vote is now “yes” for Open XML

    Norway has also decided to change their vote to "yes" for DIS 29500 (Open XML). http://www.standard.no/imaker.exe?id=18594 Norway had initially voted "no with comments" in September, so it's great to see that they now feel Open XML is ready to be an ISO standard. [ Update 4/1/08 : Standards Norway...
  • Blog Post: South Korea vote is now “yes” for Open XML

    Oliver Bell just informed me that South Korea has decided to vote for approval of DIS 29500 (Open XML) as an ISO standard. This is a change from their original "no with comments" posisiton they took back in September, and is great news. South Korea was definitely influential in some of the bigger decisions...
  • Blog Post: Denmark vote is now “yes” for Open XML

    Jesper Lund Stocholm is reporting that Denmark has decided to change their initial vote of "no" in September to "yes" for ISO approval of DIS 29500 (Open XML). Here is a pointer to the press release: http://www.ds.dk/4225 As Stephen McGibbon put it: "Denmark is a ISO/IEC JTC1 P member and has changed...
  • Blog Post: Finland vote is now “yes” for Open XML

    Here's the official statement, although it's in Finnish: http://www.sfs.fi/ajankohtaista/tiedotteet/20080327195555.html Finland had initially voted "abstain" back in September, but they have now decided to change their vote to "yes" in support of DIS 29500 (Open XML) as an ISO standard. -Brian
  • Blog Post: The OSP will apply to DIS 29500 (Open XML) going forward

    Oliver has a post today discussing this, as it's come up a lot in the discussions he's been having: http://osrin.net/2008/03/27/the-osp-will-apply-to-future-versions-of-dis29500/ -Brian
  • Blog Post: Video clip of the add-in for authoring Scientific Articles

    If you want to get an idea of how the add-in works, Pablo has posted a short video: Pablo suggested skipping to about 4:40 into the video to see the actual solution. For more information on the add-in, check out the blog: http://blogs.msdn.com/exscientia/archive/2008/03/25/short-video-clip-on-the...
  • Blog Post: HP in favor of Open XML

    www.hp.com/go/officedocumentstandards "In the current vote on OOXML at JTC 1, HP is supporting an affirmative vote in those national standards bodies in which HP is active." -Brian
  • Blog Post: Czech vote is now “yes” for Open XML

    I just saw this on Stephen McGibbon's website: http://notes2self.net/archive/2008/03/25/czech-republic-votes-to-approve-dis29500.aspx The Czech Republic has decided to change their vote to "yes" for DIS 29500. The Czech national body (led by Jirka Kosek ) played an important role in the technical...
  • Blog Post: Can I mention that it’s also in ODF?

    I try to keep the discussion on this blog primarily focused on the area I care most about, the technology behind Open XML. Every so often I've mentioned ODF, especially when discussing the translation and harmonization updates, but in terms of discussing the format itself I've assumed that other folks...
  • Blog Post: ODF editor believes Open XML standardization is good for ODF

    Via Stephen McGibbon: http://notes2self.net/archive/2008/03/24/durusau-quot-opendocument-among-others-will-lose-if-openxml-loses-quot.aspx " Patrick Durusau has posted another thoughtful contribution to the document formats standardisation debate" -Brian
  • Blog Post: Ongoing support for IS 29500 (Open XML)

    We're a couple weeks away from the final decision on whether DIS 29500 will become IS 29500 and if ISO will take on the stewardship of the Open XML formats. We already had a good preview of the type of work we can achieve within the SC34 group over the past 14 months. Those same sorts of improvements...
  • Blog Post: Narrative of the ISO/IEC DIS-29500 BRM Meeting

    BRM Summary I wanted to take the time to give a narrative of what actually happened in the BRM, since we're now moving onto the final phase and I wanted to get this all in writing before I forgot. I wanted to give an overview of the topics discussed based on the documents that were published last...
  • Blog Post: Interesting Links (March 13 2008)

    Gray looks into some of the recent thoughts from Patrick Durusau: http://blogs.technet.com/gray_knowlton/archive/2008/03/12/within-minutes.aspx Accessibility update from Reed, and some news on the activities so far at CSUN: http://blogs.technet.com/reedblog/archive/2008/03/10/microsoft-at-csun.aspx...
  • Blog Post: Object embedding in Open XML

    There were some concerns raised earlier on that the Open XML format required a specific object embedding to be used (OLE). While it's true that the tag names in the format have "OLE" in them, the embedding is actually generic, and can use other technologies if that's what's desired. I believe (but I...
  • Blog Post: U.S. TC will approve Open XML as an ISO standard

    Doug Mahugh just posted about a call this afternoon where the U.S. V1 technical committee reviewed the results of last week’s BRM and has voted to approve DIS 29500: http://blogs.msdn.com/dmahugh/archive/2008/03/07/us-v1-technical-committee-votes-to-recommend-approval-of-dis-29500.aspx I just got...
  • Blog Post: ODF editor speaks out in support of Open XML

    Patrick Durusau, the editor for ODF 1.0 and 1.2, as well as the chair of INCITS V1, has a new post where he talks about his change of opinion. He is now in support of the ISO approval of DIS 29500 (Open XML). http://www.durusau.net/publications/onbeingheard.pdf I'm hoping that Patrick will also help...
  • Blog Post: More thoughts on last weeks BRM

    Here's a bit more information on the results of the BRM last week, and where we go from here. There were about 1,000 comments/issues raised last year with the spec, and starting last fall Ecma began posting responses and proposed changes to the specification to address the concerns. The final batch of...
  • Blog Post: Binary Documentation (.doc, .xls, .ppt) and Translator Project Site are now live

    As promised last month , the binary documentation (.doc, .xls, .ppt) is now live. In addition to this, the project to create an open source translator (binary -> Open XML) has now been formed on sourceforge, and the development roadmap has been published. Read my earlier post for more background on...
  • Blog Post: Is it jetlag?

    I know Rob Weir has been traveling a lot these days lobbying against Open XML across the world, so when I saw this post yesterday I assumed it must be jetlag. I think he completely misunderstood some of the responses from Ecma related to the issue of harmonization, and has missed some significant developments...
  • Blog Post: Harmonization: Finding the Differences

    There have been some discussions over the past several years about the harmonization of Open XML with ODF. In reality the world of formats is clearly much broader than just ODF and Open XML, but given the political climate the focus lately has been specifically on those two formats. As most folks know...
  • Blog Post: Links for 1-31-08

    A few interesting links I wanted to point out: Content Reuse with Open XML and XSLT – Alexander Falk (Altova's CEO) has a great post giving examples of how to work with Open XML files using XML Spy: "This is the first article in a series of blog postings that I plan to write about practical Open...
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