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Response on Project Canvas

BBC and IPTV: Project Canvas

The BBC Trust invited the Open Source Consortium to respond to their proposals on Project Canvas, a joint venture partnership to help enable the delivery of internet protocol television (IPTV).

Gerry Gavigan, the OSC’s chairman, has prepared and submitted that response. The BBC’s consultation paper does not address some of the most influential market-related and standards-related issues, which are specified and explained in the OSC’s response.

And the OSC recommends that Project Canvas’ specifications should be fully open, published and properly used by the project, so that anybody can provide solutions on any platform.

The OSC’s Project Canvas response in full [PDF]

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UK COI update

UK COI update

The UK’s COI (Central Office of Information) has issued Browser testing guideline TG117 [link (new page)] this January. It has been updated to substantially address the OSC’s issues with their previous direction during public consultation.

Their guideline is “for all website managers, web developers and web testers delivering public sector websites…” and includes the following statement: “The guidance on minimum technical standards highlights the importance of developing websites to standards to ensure browser accessibility.” The OSC welcomes this.

The OSC is specifically acknowledged in the new guidance.

OU and MS Office 2007

OU and MS Office 2007

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The Chairman of the OSC, Gerry Gavigan, has written to Professor Brenda Gourley, the Vice Chancellor of the Open University to express disappointment that the OU is supporting an office suite that goes against so much of the tradition of the OU and to encourage the OU to consider implementing ICT policies that are closer to the original objectives of the University.

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OSC responds to UK COI

OSC response to UK COI

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The OSC has responded to the Public consultation on browser standards for public sector websites issued by the UK COI (Central Office of Information).

“We consider the suggested approach based on supporting specific browsers and / or operating systems to be misguided … [rather] the COI should actively promote the exclusive use of W3C standards on public sector websites.”

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