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Only Apple can do open standards, apparently

June 4th, 2010 | 7 Comments » Tags: , , ,

And now, for more from Apple’s “we’re more open than all of you” campaign. In an effort to showcase how cool HTML5 and open web standards are Apple has set up a demonstration page on its website.

We're more committed to ODF than ever: SA government

October 28th, 2008 | 10 Comments » Tags: ,

Open standards are critical so that the South African government can both avoid vendor lock-in and ensure better democracy, says minister of home affairs. She also says that the ISO-OOXML process has made South Africa more committed than ever to open standards and ODF.

Linux Foundation issues beta of standards project

October 15th, 2008 | No Comments » Tags: ,

The Linux Foundation has released a beta version of the Linux Standard Base 4.0, which reduces the difference between various Linux distributions.

Venezuela adopts ODF for government

October 10th, 2008 | 8 Comments » Tags: ,

Venezuela is the latest country to adopt the Open Document Format as a national standard.

Momentum behind ODF in government grows

October 2nd, 2008 | 8 Comments » Tags: ,

On the eve of next week’s second ODF conference in South Africa, the open format is growing stronger among global governments.

OSS advocates file human rights complaint against SA election body

September 2nd, 2008 | 14 Comments » Tags: ,

South Africa’s Independent Electoral Commission faces a challenge from senior government officials and The Shuttleworth Foundation for making its website inaccessible to non-Internet Explorer users.

Southern nations frown on ISO

September 2nd, 2008 | No Comments » Tags: ,

Declaration signed by six nations, including South Africa, Brazil and Venezuela, questions the credibility of the ISO and the validity of the process to declare Microsoft’s OOXML format an international standard.

Microsoft patents "Page Up", "Page Down"

September 1st, 2008 | 6 Comments » Tags: ,

It’s hard to believe but Microsoft was granted a patent on the “Page Up” and “Page Down” keystrokes by US patent authorities.

ISO, IEC give OOXML go-ahead

August 17th, 2008 | 1 Comment » Tags:

Organisation rejects appeals from South Africa, Brazil and Venzuela and India.

'The era of closed formats is dead'

June 13th, 2008 | 2 Comments » Tags: ,

The South African e-documentation workgroup is hosting a number of the world’s most influential XML and open standards activists at the “XML in Government Workshop” next week. One of the key figures behind the event – and indeed behind much of the XML and digital standards work in South Africa – is Bob Jolliffe. A […]

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