March, 2008

Doug Mahugh

Microsoft Interoperability Team
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    US V1 technical committee votes to recommend Approval of DIS 29500

    I just got off a 3-hour call with my colleagues on the V1 technical committee, in which I and the other members of the US delegation to the BRM presented our thoughts on what happened at the BRM. Then we all voted on what to recommend to the INCITS Executive Board for the final US position on DIS 29500. The final outcome: we are recommending that the US maintain its Approve position on DIS 29500. The next step will be for the INCITS Executive Board to conduct a letter ballot to approve this result...
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    An "open standards" meeting in Malaysia

    Man, what does a guy have to do to find a technical debate in Malaysia? I've spent 72 hours trying to do exactly that, and am now at the airport headed for home, having never found anyone who actually wanted to discuss any technical details of DIS29500 in general, or Malaysia's submitted comments in particular. I already blogged about the PIKOM meeting earlier in the week, and then this morning I tried to fit in a stop at the TC4 technical committee meeting where Yoon Kit would be presenting the...
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    Proposed distractions from DIS29500

    Now that we're getting down to the final days of the DIS29500 standards process, it's interesting to see the tactics being used by those who have commercial interests that place them in opposition to this standard. Their tactics have changed quite a bit since the heady days of the DIS ballot period, and the most common tactic I've seen or heard of in recent weeks can be characterized as "changing the subject." It seems that there are people involved in the DIS29500 standards process (many of whom...
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    Elephants have good memories

    My buddy Yoon Kit seems to be having a heck of a time remembering what happened in today's TC4 meeting , so I thought I'd try to help him out. My thoughts are a bit long for a comment on his post , so I'll put them here where I have room to stretch out a bit, as an extended comment ... First off, great title YK. You have a knack for good blog-post titles, and I mean that. Being much larger than anyone else in the room, and much larger than I was when this silly DIS29500 process started, I certainly...
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    PIKOM meeting in Malaysia

    I'm in Malaysia this week for several meetings, including a briefing set up by PIKOM, a Malaysian ICT industry association and member of the TC4 technical committee and ISC-G in SIRIM, the Malaysian Standards body that is responsible for evaluating DIS29500. PIKOM wanted to hear both sides of the debate around Open XML, and they set up a meeting for this purpose, which I was invited to attend. I thought I was going to have an opportunity to see Yoon Kit and debate some of the BRM resolutions with...
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    Open XML SDK roadmap

    After nine months of developer feedback on the Open XML SDK , we have some good news today: a roadmap for releasing the API. We have two versions coming: a version 1.0 that will be released in May, and then a version 2.0 that will be available as a CTP this summer, and will be released around the time of the next major release of Office (Office "14"). The details are covered over on OpenXMLDeveloper , and you can learn more from these links as well: Open XML SDK download page "How To...
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    Open XML Resources for Developers

    Like many people, I thought we'd know the official outcome of the DIS 29500 process today, but it looks like we won't hear the official results until after ISO has had a chance to run them by the national bodies who participated in the review of the specification, which according to Reuters will be Wednesday. While we wait, I've been thinking about how much attention this process has been getting, especially in recent months. Back when Ecma submitted the ECMA-376 standard to ISO at the beginning...
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    Failed Precondition

    I'm back in the office for the first time since the BRM, and I wanted to take a look at the various conversions on the blogs that have been discussing the BRM. I have no problems reading the threads on Jason's blog, Brian's blog, Oliver's blog, Tim Bray's blog, Yoon Kit's blog, Rob Weir's blog, and many others, but for some reason I can't get to Andy Updegrove's blog from here at Microsoft. I was able to get there from my laptop at my hotel over the weekend, from kiosks at a couple of airports in...
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    BRM results publicly available

    I see over on Alex Brown's blog that the results of the BRM are publicly available now. There are two documents available from the SC34 web site: Edited Notes of the Meeting (rough notes of the meeting, including resolutions, points raised in discussions, and related comments) Resolutions of the Meeting (subset of the above document, containing only the resolutions that were passed) These documents show the specific resolutions that were passed at the BRM, and are the definitive record...
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    Being Heard: A Reasonable Man Speaks Out

    In just a couple of hours, I'll be on a call with my fellow members of INCITS V1, the technical committee that has been evaluating ISO/IEC DIS 29500 in the United States. The chair of that committee is Patrick Durusau, a man with a wealth of experience in document standards (the editor of the ODF spec, among other things) who leads V1 by quiet example. Patrick has a new post on his web site that explains his position on DIS 29500: he is recommending its approval as an ISO/IEC standard. His post...
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