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ODF-OOXML: nfoWorks for Harmony? On February 7, I distilled the Harmony Principles onto a web page. I was looking for a reaction and also giving myself a breather after finally declaring myself on the matter. I did begin setting up a web site and laying out a foundation on which to commence harmonization of open-document standards by limiting processor implementations to only harmonized content.
Microsoft Interoperability Principles Announcement. When I listened to the February 21 Interoperability Principles announcement and related initiatives, I made note of Bob Muglia's comments about a Document Interoperability Initiative. The import of that didn't sink in until I was finally completing my lengthy "Interoperability by Design" post bearing my impressions and analysis of the announcement.
Welcome, Document Interoperability Initiative!
here is what the February 21 Interoperability Principles declaration says will happen as one of the steps under Principle III on Data Portability:
During the announcement teleconference, Server and Tools Senior Vice President Bob Muglia provided this plain-language statement:
I haven't discovered a web presence for this initiative (and the related domain names are available). Meanwhile, I will be keeping my eye on the Interoperability Forum, the Open Source Interoperability Initiative, and of course, the OpenXMLDeveloper.org and any developer-focused ODF sites I am able to find.
Whither Harmony Principles?
So, maybe I don't have to do anything here? I'm not sure. It may be that a lot less original work will be needed to have the harmony principles
I have several reasons for continuing to develop nfoWorks at this point:
That said, I am perfectly happy to give it all away. I will shepherd things along with an eye to exactly that outcome.
After defining nfoWorks, I realized that I should also register a domain name or three. I have accomplished that. Now I am bootstrapping up an nfoWorks.org site so I can start more notes, checklists, and a repository of prerequisite materials. At the moment, that site is as interesting as staring into an empty excavation waiting for a foundation to be framed and poured. As soon as the rain stops ...
[update 2008-02-28T16:59Z: I removed an extraneous work and sharpened up the first item on the connection between nfoWorks and nfoWare. I may long regret that I made the names so similar.]
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