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Monday 6 September 2010

Audit Stratégie Numérique sans frais

Innovimax mets en place à partir de maintenant, un nouveau service pour les sociétés ayant un service de publications importants et souhaitant tirer activement partie du numérique :

Un pré-audit de stratégie numérique d'une durée d'une demi journée permettant de faire rapidement le point sur les grands axes à mettre en place dans votre entreprise pour tirer le maximum des nouveaux canaux de diffusions numériques : ePub, Web 2.0, iPhone, etc.

Pour cela nous mettons a profit notre expérience auprès de grands noms de l'édition structurée (juridique, statistique) en France et en Europe, ainsi que notre savoir-faire dans le domaine de la qualité et des standards W3C et ISO.

N'hesitez pas à nous contacter ici avant le 31 octobre 2010.

Thursday 13 July 2006

Openness of Office Documents

There is a great buzz around the pseudo-support of OpenDocument just being announced by Microsoft.

What is it about ?

Let's go into the detail of this kitchen sink.A lot of names are often cited together, because they are highly interrelated.

OpenDocument, ODF, OpenOffice, ISO and OASIS

OpenOffice is an office suite, in which we can make documents.

Recently the format of documents OpenOffice handle natively, which is named OpenDocument, has been standardized by ISO just after being developed at the OASIS.

The extension of document in OpenDocument format is ODF.

OpenXML, DOCX, Office 12, ECMA

A lot of people already know Microsoft Office suite and the ability to open Word for making documents.

Next version of Office, Office 12, will be able the handle for import/export an XML format of document, named OpenXML, which is not yet standardized by ECMA

The extension of document in OpenXML format is DOCX.

So what's the point

The main part of the project will be around XSLT transformation from one XML format, DOCX a.k.a OpenXML and ODF a.k.a OpenDocument.

Of course, there is a legacy part of the project to support non-XML DOC format to OpenDocument, which is very important and we should look at it in a near future.

The bad point is that :

Office 12 will not have included support of OpenDocument

which translate to :

Microsoft will not have any responsibility for this support and will not include it by default. It will not be highly integrated so it might add a significant amount of processing time to load/save documents. And moreover, we have not any idea of the scheduled release of this module.

But good points are :

1.) The converter is in Open Source


It is not locked in principle and the community could take it and add new feature as they are needed, like a better math formula or forms supports. But, the development is based on DotNet so could difficultly be used directly.

2.) A french software company is involved


It's a good point for french software industry, in which Innovimax is involved

So what else could we wait for

This post is entitled "Openness", which is the key point for being interoperable. So that's what could be done :

  • OpenOffice.org community could act that it is a good point and that in return as soon as DOCX will become an ECMA standard, OpenOffice.org will launch a project to support import/export of this format. May be could they start immediately ?
  • The main point for legacy conversion is to handle all the specificities of those formats. We can imagine that in a near future, all the word documents could be converted to OpenXML (that's the aim of the ECMA specification). In those case, we could imagine that we will have
  DOC/RTF --------> DOCX <----------> ODF  
  non-XML           XML   with XSLT   XML

And then, let's the history say who will win, between DOCX and ODF

Sunday 30 April 2006

Full unicode widespread fonts : The Holy Grail of I18N

Unicode, which is a consortium founded in 1991, aims to provide a universal standards to allow each glyphs in whatever scripting to have a unique code and is close to release version 5.0.


Fundamental Web use

For the web, a full unicode fonts, implies that it will be possible to display all web pages in whatever languages to reach informations. For example, Wikipedia make a heavy use of Unicode.

Math use

For math, in the web, Unicode is just mandatory ! A lot of informations use specific characters (more than 2000 are available in Unicode), so they need to be properly displayed. Useful requirements on this could be found here.



Stixfonts is an old project (since 1995) which has tried to give to all a set of fonts that serve the scientific and engineering community. They are lacking of 152 glyphs to complete their requirements.


DejaVu is a recent project (since 2004), hosted by Sourceforge, which is now giving good results and is free as in speech and as in beer. Its coverage is, for the moment, not high but grow up fast at each version (current is 2.5).


And what about Arial, Unimath or Lucida ?

These fonts don't cover a high part of recent Unicode version and are not so widely accessible due to license requirement.

May be we have to wait for a Wikifont ?

Friday 21 April 2006

Automatic validation of Web good practices

This is french (cocorico) and it has just been released

A beta version of the opquast automatic validator !

It has been developped by a young and smart developper of OpenWeb.

Unique problem (for the moment?), it is entirely in french.

So if you catch some words of french, go and take a look Opquast.

Found via Standblog