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South Africa must take lead from NZ on software patents

In huge win for anti-software patent activists, New Zealand has announced that it will not change legislation to make software patentable in the country. It is, however, a partial victory only as New Zealand’s Commerce minister, Simon Power, also announced he would instruct the Intellectual Property Office of New Zealand to draft guidelines that would […]

ISO heads reject OOXML appeals

July 10th, 2008 | 2 Comments » Tags: , ,

ISO and the IEC heads recommend rejecting appeals against process to ratify Microsoft’s OOXML.

We're being open and collaborative – Microsoft

June 18th, 2008 | No Comments » Tags: , , ,

Microsoft recently survived a bruising battle with the open source community over the ratification of Office Open XML (OOXML) document format as an ISO standard, a process that is now facing a number of appeals. The company also recently announced support for the competing Open Document Format in its forthcoming products. Here Paulo Ferreira, Microsoft […]

XML standards key in government – Steve Pepper

June 17th, 2008 | No Comments » Tags: ,

As the representative for Norway in the recent OOXML ratification process, Steve Pepper has become an outspoken critic of the IEC/ISO process. Pepper is also a passionate advocate of XML, open standards and Topic Maps. Here Pepper, who is in South Africa for the XML in Government workshop, speaks to Tectonic about what happened in […]

Venezuela joins OOXML opposition

June 3rd, 2008 | 2 Comments » Tags: , ,

Venezuela has become the fourth country to appeal the approval of Microsoft’s OOXML document format as an international standard. Denmark has also filed a protest though that has not been confirmed by the ISO/IEC yet.

India joins SA, Brazil in OOXML standard fight

May 31st, 2008 | No Comments » Tags:

India yesterday joined Brazil and South Africa in appealing the ISO/IEC fast track process to adopt Microsoft’s OOXML format as an international standard.

Pressure mounts as Brazil appeals OOXML

May 30th, 2008 | 1 Comment » Tags: ,

Brazil has become the latest country to appeal against the ISO’s ratification of Microsoft’s OOXML document format as a international standard. In a damning letter to the international standards body yesterday, the Brazilian national body says that the ballot resolution meeting was flawed and processes were pushed through.

South Africa appeals ISO's OOXML decision

May 23rd, 2008 | 3 Comments » Tags: ,

UPDATED: The South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) has filed an appeal against the ISO decision to accept Microsoft’s Office OpenXML (OOXML) as an international standard. South Africa is the first country to appeal the decision within the stipulated 60-day appeal period.

Microsoft to support ODF, aid OSS community

May 22nd, 2008 | 2 Comments » Tags: , ,

Fresh from a bruising battle with the open source community over document formats, Microsoft says it is ready to support the Open Document Format in its Office suite. With the release of Office 2007 Service Pack 2 (SP2) in the first half of 2009, the productivity suite will include native ODF, XPS and PDF support. […]

Call to support free and open standards

May 16th, 2008 | No Comments » Tags: , ,

The Digital Standards Organization (Digistan) and its supporters are calling on governments around the globe to use only free and open standards. The organisation, which was set up to defend and promote open digital standards, plans to adopt the Hague Declaration on May 21. Organisations and individuals supporting the effort are also being asked to […]

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