Interoperability Archive

26 Mar 2014

Achieving Document Freedom in Four Easy Steps

In order to achieve document freedom, we must learn to produce interoperable documents. Unfortunately, this means that we have to review most of our editing habits, and start thinking about several details which make a difference: the
17 Feb 2014

Language Support of Office Suites

One of the distinct advantages of free software is the diversity of the community, which often translates in a wider language support. This is the case of LibreOffice, which is able to support a larger number of
24 Nov 2008

About Beijing, OOo, ODF and interoperability

Unfortunately, I haven’t had enough time to elucubrate about what I’ve seen and heard in Beijing. Therefore, this is going to be a random collection of thoughts. Maybe, in the future I will have the time to
18 Apr 2008

Microsoft and the open source community

Ray Ozzie, Microsoft’s Chief Software Architect, while speaking today at the annual conference of the company Most Valuable Professional, has given some perspective about the relationship between Microsoft and open source, as reported by Todd Bishop. What
24 Mar 2008

Standards and communications

I have tried to follow the discussion about the standardization of the Microsoft Office Open XML document format, or ECMA-376:2006 or ISO/IEC DIS 29500. The fast track process is in the final stage, with the national bodies
15 Mar 2008 3.0 goes to LGPLv3

The change has been announced last week, but I think it’s important to read Simon Phipp’s comments on its relevance. This quote sums it up:’s license will change to LGPLv3 as part of a broader set
3 Mar 2008

Open Standards Requirement for Software

Reprinted from the Open Source Initiative web site: The Requirement An “open standard” must not prohibit conforming implementations in open source software. The Criteria To comply with the Open Standards Requirement, an “open standard” must satisfy the
3 Mar 2008

I’m confused, and I’m not alone

Matthew Aslett of The 451 Group comments about the Geneva BRM. He is probably confused as much as I am, but he reports a number of opinions (including those that I’ve mentioned in my previous post). I
3 Mar 2008

I’m confused

I’ve tried to understand what has happened in Geneva during the Ballot Resolution Meeting, a very important step during the Fast Track process for the standardization of the Office Open XML document format. I’ve gone through dozens