July, 2007

Doug Mahugh

Microsoft Interoperability Team
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    Following the rules in Portugal

    There has been a lot of discussion of the Portugal technical committee (TC173) in the last week, and Jason Matusow has a blog post that explains the details of what happened there . Many people are using the Portugal situation as an opportunity to repeat their usual talking points, but Jason's post looks at the actual rules involved and the actions of TC173 to date.
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    Open XML links for 07-26-2007

    We're having TechReady here in Seattle this week, which is a great chance to catch up with colleagues from around the world. It's also a very busy time, with sessions to be delivered and attended, other events that are taking place while everyone's here, and of course a party or two while we're at it. So due to the long hours I won't have time to do much blogging this week, but here are some Open XML items I've come across ... The Open XML Translator Project has announced some new releases earlier...
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    Spinning the ISO process in the US

    The various members of INCITS here in the US have been busy the last two weeks, with the technical committee meeting on July 13 and then the executive board meeting last week. Many blogs have also been busy spinning these activities, with varying degrees of success. Spinning the technical committee V1, the INCITS technical committee, had a meeting on July 13 at which we tried unsuccessfully to reach consensus on a recommended US position, which would have then been passed on to the INCITS executive...
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    INCITS Executive Board to vote on "Approval with comments"

    The INCITS executive board has been meeting this week, and today they decided to issue a ballot for "Approval with comments." They'll reach a decision within the executive board on this proposed position by mid-August, which allows plenty of time for subsequent discussion or another vote if needed before the final US position is due on September 2. As Tom Robertson, Microsoft's GM of Interoperability and Standards, said today: "The decision by the INCITS Executive Board to issue a ballot of...
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    US technical committee reaches deadlock

    Last Friday, the INCITS V1 technical committee had a meeting via teleconference to try to reach consensus on a position that we could recommend to the INCITS Executive Board regarding DIS 29500, the submission of Ecma 376 "Office Open XML" for consideration as an ISO/IEC international standard. The meeting follows the face-to-face meeting we had at IBM's office on K Street in Washinton, DC two weeks ago. The ISO process is fairly complicated, and I'm no expert, but in general terms it works like...
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    A frantic situation

    As the ISO standards process wends it way forward, it seems that the anti-Open XML lobbyists are working one another into a frenzy. The sheer drama of some of the things that have been written lately makes for rich comedic fodder. Let's take a look ... I first noticed things were getting a bit strange when a big garish "NO OOXML" banner appeared on Rob Weir's blog . Apparently this new web site has been set up to help centralize the lobbying efforts of those who are "fighting against" the Open...
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    Open XML solution demonstration at WPC

    Microsoft's Worldwide Partner Conference is taking place this week in Denver, and John Peltonen of 3Sharp will be doing a demonstration of the Red Cross solution that they've built. As you can read on his blog , the presentation will be at 5:15pm Tuesday in the Partner Solutions Theater, booth 1037. The Red Cross system is a good example of Open XML document assembly in action. John's team has developed deep expertise in the Open XML formats through their work on this project and others they've...
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    Home page changes and ISO dates

    I updated a few things here on the home page today, to get organized in anticipation of writing much more on my blog in July than I did in June. I've been on the road most of the time in recent months, but now I'm going to stay home for a while and participate in the online discussions around Open XML. There's a lot of FUD out there as the ISO process moves into the final phase of the DIS ballot period, and I'm looking forward to getting more involved in the conversation. While verifying some...
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    Open XML links for 06-30-2007

    I've been too busy to post a list of Open XML links for a while, and a lot has been going on the last couple of weeks. So this post will be a wrap-up of all the links I've been meaning to blog about. INCITS V1 meeting. After Open XML workshops in San Francisco and Delhi, I attended the first day of the INCITS V1 face-to-face meeting in Washington, DC last Thursday. It was very interesting to meet everyone in person, and we had some interesting discussions as we processed dozens of comments about...
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