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The Latest from the ODF Standards World
Monday, July 24 2006 @ 01:08 PM EDT

What's been going on in the OpenDocument standards world lately? You'll be happy to hear that everything is moving along nicely.

Here's a summary of what's going on in the spreadsheet formula standardization work. More folks have joined to help. Most significantly, the very awesome Dan Bricklin, the original creator of the spreadsheet and author of wikicalc, has joined the team. There are representatives now also from, StarOffice, KSpread, Gnumeric, and IBM/Lotus. IBM has donated its Lotus documentation to help out, and implementations are modifying their code as the specification is developed (and providing useful feedback).

Version 1.1 of the spec is wrapping up; the main addition is a few additional attributes and guidelines for accessibility. An accessibility expert has reviewed version 1.1 and says it looks really good.

Andy Updegrove has started doing a wrap-up summary of ODF news again, by the way. Here's his current summary.

The OASIS OpenDocument technical committee has now officially completed its minor editorial changes and has released OpenDocument version 1.0 second edition to the ISO/IEC, as you can see in discussed here.

As you know, ISO unanimously accepted OpenDocument as a specification in May, but several countries had sent in some comments, as is usual, and there were i's to dot and t's to cross for the committee to address any comments regarding the precise wording of the text, which is what has been happening. This second version addresses those comments. ISO/IEC JTC1 rules give OASIS an option to make minor editorial changes in the text to respond to comments.

These are minor changes. For example, there are absolutely no schema changes; they basically clarify the meaning of the text. Most of the comments I saw were pretty minor things having to do with ISO conventions. So the process moves along to the scheduled August meeting and the final approval of the wording. From ISO's point of view, version 1.0 and "1.0 second edition" are the same document. So all is well there and predictably moving along as planned.


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Corrections here, please ...
Authored by: Jude on Monday, July 24 2006 @ 01:12 PM EDT
... so PJ can find them.

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OT here, please...
Authored by: Jude on Monday, July 24 2006 @ 01:16 PM EDT
... and be sure to make lickable clinks^U
clackable lunks^U
Oh, for Pete's sake. Just do the HTML stuff, OK?

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Oh no!
Authored by: argee on Monday, July 24 2006 @ 04:06 PM EDT
> "...and IBM/Lotus. IBM has donated its Lotus
> documentation to help out, and implementations
> are modifying their code as the specification
> is developed (and providing useful feedback)."

I hope that Lotus doesn't run on AIX or Dynix. Next
thing you know, SCO Are Own All Lotus.


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Authored by: The Mad Hatter r on Monday, July 24 2006 @ 05:56 PM EDT

Standards meetings are fun - well OK they aren't fun, they are a great cure for
insomnia, but the nitpicking (as most people would see it) is an absolute
necessity if you want a solid standard.

I'm currently sitting on an Underwriter's Laboratory committee. It's drudge
work, but the end makes it worthwhile.


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IBM, Lotus and ODF
Authored by: tqft on Monday, July 24 2006 @ 08:02 PM EDT
If someone at IBM/Lotus is reading this, please consider not just donating
documentation (which is great - thank-you) but a good Lotus/SmartSuite document

Last time I looked about 6 months ago - many people were still having
singnificant problems with getting documents from SmartSuite to open in anything
but SmartSuite.


anyone got a job good in Brisbane Australia for a problem solver? Currently
over employed in one job.

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The Latest from the ODF Standards World
Authored by: Anonymous on Tuesday, July 25 2006 @ 12:53 AM EDT
Much though I would like more people to switch over I have to say that tests (even unintended ones) on those who have a self-imposed interest in getting things working are not objective.

The crunch comes when you try and convert someone who doesn't really want to be using a computer in the first place and does everything by rote. Unfortunately that seems to include an awful lot of office workers, not all of them towards the end of their working lives.

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