I participated in the DII workshop in Brussels earlier this week, where I got a chance to catch up with old friends and also to make some new ones. Maarten Balliauw and Julien Chable have already covered the event in detail, but here's a brief summary of the presenters for this one:
In addition to the presentations, we had two roundtables where we discussed document interoperability challenges and solutions. Two of the topics I found most interesting were:
Wednesday afternoon, after we wrapped up the DII workshop, I had the opportunity to visit Bart Hanssens, chair of the ODF interoperability and conformance TC (OIC TC) in his office at FEDICT, where I joined him on the OIC TC call for this week. Bart asked me to provide the TC members with a recap of the ODF-related aspects of the workshop, so I talked about our soon-to-be-published ODF implementer notes that will help other implementers understand the details of our implementation. We also discussed the OIC TC's plans for creating a document test library for verifying ODF interoperability, including a schema for test-document metadata that Bart has created. We (Microsoft) will be contributing documents to that test library, as will other members of the OIC TC.
One cool thing I learned this week had nothing to do with document formats. I hadn't got around to trying the new Windows Live translator, but I used it to read Julien French-language posts and was pretty impressed. Check out how it works on Julien's posts about the Open XML HTML viewer, DII workshop Part 1, and DII workshop Part 2.
It's been a busy week, and now I'm in Berlin, where I had some meetings today, and tomorrow I'm headed for home.
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I’m pleased to announce that another DII workshop is coming soon.  The last two events took place
One of our colleagues, Doug Mahugh , is organising another DII workshop – the last two events took place