On February 25, 120 delegates from 40 countries will arrive in Geneva, Switzerland to review the proposed resolution of 3,522 comments on OOXML. What a long, strange trip it's been.Download PDF
At the end of March, the 6,000 page OOXML specification will complete its "Fast Track" course through the ISO/IEC JTC1. Whatever the result, it's clear that a process designed to review non-controversial 20 page specifications outside of public view is in need of a serious overhaul if it is to remain useful and relevant to the ITC industry.Download PDF
Superficially, the conflict between ODF and OOXML would seem to be a classic, if more than usually hard-fought standards war. In fact, it's simply a skirmish in a far broader conflict being played out across an IT landscape that is undergoing fundamental change.Download PDF
The progress of ODF in the marketplace has all the prerequisites for a great book: billions of dollars at stake, global maneuvering by some of the world's most powerful companies, legions of lobbyists, and more. So why not a book? You can find the first chapter of that book in this issue, and more at the Standards Blog.Download PDF
Google is launching a beta test of yet another free service, this time in competition with one of the great successes of the Web to date — the global, grassroots community effort known as the Wikipedia. The Google "Knol" effort may fail utterly — or may provide a test bed where a variety of interesting new experiments in knowledge aggregation ...
In February of 2005, ConsortiumInfo.org launched the Standards MetaLibrary, describing it as "the only on-line research resource focusing exclusively on standards and standard setting." Now, the MetaLibrary has been completely redesigned, and new material is being added aggressively.Download PDF