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Archive for March, 2006

QOTD: Standards and Movies

Posted in General on March 24th, 2006 by darcusb – Comments Off

From IBM’s Rob Weire, regarding yet another minor issue in the battle between MS XML and ODF:

… In the end, I encourage Microsoft and every other V1 member to read the ODF 1.0 specification thoroughly with a red pencil in hand and submit comments. I encourage the same from advisory committees for all national bodies. A full, public & open, review will only make ODF stronger, and further distinguish it from Open XML. If you have a good product, you invite public scrutiny and review. If you don’t have a good product, you rush it through without changes and without the benefit of open, public review.

Ever notice how only the really bad movies are released directly to the theaters, without a preview screening for the critics?

OpenDocument Metadata Subcommittee is Live

Posted in Uncategorized on March 23rd, 2006 by darcusb – Comments Off

The OpenDocument TC recently approved the creation of a metadata subcommittee. As of today, OASIS has setup the infrastructure for it. The SC is an important step as it provides a well-defined roadmap for how we get to a solid final proposal, which many of us believe will be a significant enhancement to ODF.

First step in that process is to collect and categorize use cases, which will then be approved by the ODF TC before moving on requirements. Patrick Durusau (the SC chair) and I have started to add content to the ODF wiki to cover the use cases, with my bibliographic and citation case being the first. We hope to fill this out over the next weeks and encourage feedback and suggestions from the wider world of those interested in metadata.

Comments can be submitted here, and can either refer to existing use cases (”+1 on X, because A, B, C”) or suggest new ones.

Semantic Wikis

Posted in Uncategorized on March 3rd, 2006 by darcusb – Comments Off

Now this sounds promising:

  • written with Django
  • good export support (DcoBook, ODF, PDF)
  • RDF support

In fact, this sound like what I’m looking for, assuming I can easily add citation support, and it has a nice AJAX-ified UI. It’d be cool to see if this could provide a testbed of sorts for the enhanced metadata suppot we want to add to ODF.

In related news, see note on adding RDF to Wikipedia.