[LINK] What To Do About Microsoft Word?, ANU, Canberra, 9 Sep
Alan Hargreaves - Product Technical Support (APAC)
Alan.Hargreaves at Sun.COM
Sat Sep 10 19:51:48 EST 2005
OK, I have an obvious affiliation, so I won't offer comment, just links.
Here's a copy of a letter sent to Peter J. Quinn (ITD Director & Chief
Information Officer,Commonwealth of Massachusetts) by Scott McNealy on this.
Tim also had something to say himself:
Simon Phipps (Sun'e Chief Open Source Officer) had a go at David
PJ at Groklaw also chimed in, quoting Simon's comments in their entirety
and adding some of her own.
Howard Lowndes wrote:
> It rather looks as if at least one major US state is already pre-empting
> this -
> Tom Worthington wrote:
>> Peter Sefton from USQ will give a free seminar on Microsoft Word's
>> file format and XML alternatives at ANU on Friday 9 September at 11am.
>> All are welcome. I highly recommend this seminar.
>> Title: What To Do About Microsoft Word?
>> Presenter: Dr Peter Sefton, University of Southern Queensland
>> Date: Friday 9th September 2005
>> Time: 11am - 12 noon
>> Place: Ground floor seminar room (N101), CS&IT Building
>> (Building #108), North Road.
>> One of the burning questions for building and maintaining sustainable
>> repositories is 'What to do about Microsoft Word'? While Word is a
>> nearly-ubiquitous word processor now, what are the chances of being
>> able to recover content in five, ten, fifty, a hundred or a thousand
>> years? Will there be software that can legally and practically read
>> Word files and computers to run it on?
>> This talk looks at some of the issues around Word's file format,
>> including the openness of its specification, and the various XML
>> encodings available.
>> First of all we give a brief survey of some of the practical options
>> for extracting XML from Word.
>> Secondly, we explore the use of Word templates, and look at how a
>> simple stylesheet might improve the sustainability of documents. The
>> presenter, and the University of Southern Queensland (USQ) have worked
>> on a number of projects where templates are used with promising results.
>> Finally, a demonstration will be provided of a content management
>> system developed at USQ, which leverages an open source office suite,
>> OpenOffice.org, to produce XML content from word processing documents.
>> This presentation is a report of work in progress, designed to
>> stimulate discussion, as USQ embarks on leadership of its own very
>> recently funded project: RUBRIC (Regional Universities Building
>> Repository Infrastructure Collaboratively).
>> About the presenter:
>> Dr Sefton is the technical manager for a DEST-funded project, RUBRIC
>> (Regional Universities Building Repository Infrastructure
>> Collaboratively) led by the University of Southern Queensland (USQ).
>> He also leads development of an open source course-content management
>> system for the Distance and e-Learning Centre at USQ.
>> ps: For my thoughts on the subject see
>> Tom Worthington FACS HLM tom.worthington at tomw.net.au Ph: 0419 496150
>> Director, Tomw Communications Pty Ltd ABN: 17 088 714 309
>> PO Box 13, Belconnen ACT 2617 http://www.tomw.net.au/
>> Director, ACS Communications Tech Board http://www.acs.org.au/ctb/
>> Visiting Fellow, ANU http://cs.anu.edu.au/people.php?StaffID=140274
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