The Standards Blog


Wednesday, March 8th, 2006 @ 01:40 PM
Contributed by: Andy Updegrove
Views: 4,619

Massachusetts legislators on Beacon Hill today will see a demonstration of accessibility features for Office 7, but they won't see the complete picture.

Tuesday, March 7th, 2006 @ 01:37 PM
Contributed by: Andy Updegrove
Views: 2,937

Hard on the heels of the announcement of the government-targeting ODF Alliance comes the announcement of a new initiative: the ODF Adoption Committee at OASIS, which will work to promote ODF adoption in the broader end user community.

Friday, March 3rd, 2006 @ 01:35 PM
Contributed by: Andy Updegrove
Views: 3,786

Here are the details on the new ODF Alliance - who's a member, what it means, and whether its likely to succeed or fail.

Thursday, March 2nd, 2006 @ 01:32 PM
Contributed by: Andy Updegrove
Views: 2,933

36 Companies, associations and end-users have announcend the ODF Alliance in an effort to boost Government adoption of the OpenDocument Format

Wednesday, March 1st, 2006 @ 01:27 PM
Contributed by: Andy Updegrove
Views: 4,878

Single standards can do small jobs, but it takes a village of standards (and standard setting organizations) to enable a Digital Home.

Sunday, February 26th, 2006 @ 01:25 PM
Contributed by: Andy Updegrove
Views: 2,930

Late last week the European Committee for Interoperable Systems (ECIS) filed a complaint in the EU against Microsoft, alleging anticompetitive behavior. That complaint was kept confidential, but additional details are now being (gradually) released.

Friday, February 24th, 2006 @ 01:23 PM
Contributed by: Andy Updegrove
Views: 3,270

Until now, the action on ODF vs. the Microsoft XML Reference Schema has focused on Massachusetts. In the last two days, however, the supporters of ODF have launched an offensive in Europe - making it now a two-front war.

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2006 @ 01:22 PM
Contributed by: Andy Updegrove
Views: 2,904

Adobe PDF has tended to be a footnote in the ODF story to date, principally figuring into the saga by presenting a somewhat troubling question: did the Massachusetts Information Technology Division (ITD) draw too fine a distinction in saying "no" to the Microsoft XML Reference Schema (especially after Microsoft agreed to make modifications to its license terms) while saying "yes" to Adobe PDF? But an interview with Adobe CEO Bruce Chizen indicates that Adobe's control of PDF - and now Flash - may give it a far bigger role from the desktop to mobile devices in the future than ODF may give any other vendor.

Tuesday, February 21st, 2006 @ 01:20 PM
Contributed by: Andy Updegrove
Views: 5,139

George Harrison wrote of the "Sue me - Sue You Blues." Rambus, Micron, Infineon and Samsung have been singing that one for years, and today Micron Technologies began a new verse, with its latest suit against Rambus. It all relates to a JEDEC standard setting initiative from the early 1990s, but it has reshaped standard setting.

Friday, February 17th, 2006 @ 01:19 PM
Contributed by: Andy Updegrove
Views: 2,485

On Wednesday I moderated a panel at the Open Source Business Conference in San Francisco. Gavin Clark at The titled his story about the session "Microsoft ignites idea of independent versions of Office" and subtitled it "Rivals Flame Redmond." That's a bit overwrought, but it was an interesting session none the less.