Doug Mahugh - Office Interoperability

Doug Mahugh

Microsoft Interoperability Team
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    ODF Spreadsheet Interoperability

    Rob Weir posted on his blog a couple of days ago an Update on ODF Spreadsheet Interoperability .  I think it’s great that he has brought up spreadsheet interoperability, and specifically the issue of formulas, which seems to be the main thrust of his post.  I mentioned on the day of our SP2 release last week that “I’ll be doing some blog posts that get down into more of the technical details, to help explain some of the engineering decisions that we made in our implementation,” and Rob...
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    1 + 2 = 1?

    Does 1 plus 2 equal 3? After last week’s sometimes acrimonious discussion about formulas in ODF, you may be glad to hear that IBM and Microsoft appear to agree on that answer to this simple question. But OpenOffice.org is not so certain – maybe the answer is just 1 sometimes – and the question itself turns out not to be so simple after all. Let me explain. The State of ODF Formula Interoperability Today What is the current reality of ODF formula interoperability? Understanding the status of...
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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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    Respect for open standards? You decide

    I was a bit surprised to see the news recently that Open Forum Europe is working with some large US-based technology vendors to put on an event in the same building as the upcoming BRM for DIS 29500, on the same dates as the BRM . An anti-BRM, if you will. This event has absolutely nothing to do with the standards process, and appears to have been hastily thrown together to coincide with the BRM. They've even sent emails to national bodies involved in the BRM, encouraging the BRM delegates to attend...
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    Guiding principles for Office’s ODF implementation

    This blog post covers the main presentation from our ODF workshop that took place in Redmond last week: Peter Amstein’s explanation of the guiding principles behind our support of ODF in Office 2007 SP2. I’ve added explanations of some of the details that were covered verbally in the workshop, but if anything’s not clear here, please let me know. Why ODF 1.1? We’re implementing ODF 1.1 in our initial release of ODF support. We chose this version because it is the most current approved ODF specification...
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    Tracked Changes

    When I blogged about the release of SP2 with ODF support two weeks ago, I mentioned that I was planning to blog about a few of the tough decisions we faced in our SP2 implementation of ODF, such as the decision not to support tracked changes. I’ve spent some time since then covering our approach to formulas in ODF , and now I’d like to move on to answering the question of why we aren’t supporting ODF tracked changes. For those who just want the summary, here’s a high-level recap of what I’ll cover...
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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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    Andy Updegrove's Indian Fantasy

    This morning, in my usual routine, I sipped a cup of coffee while reading the latest news around the Open XML file formats. I have a few blogs I follow regularly , and I also usually do a few searches to see what has been written in various media. The 30- day contradiction comment period for Open XML just came to a close this week, so there were several new articles and blog posts about the continuing ISO standards process. (For those who don't know, the contradiction comment period is when the...
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