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This is the official community gathering place and information resource for the OpenDocument Format (ODF) OASIS Standard (ISO/IEC 26300). Suitable for text, spreadsheets, charts, graphs, presentations, and databases, ODF frees documents from their applications-of-origin, enabling them to be exchanged, retrieved, and edited with any OpenDocument-compliant software or tool. This is a community-driven site, and the public is encouraged to contribute content.

IBM Hails New Age of Productivity with Lotus Symphony

Today, IBM announced the “coming of age” of ODF with the general availability of Lotus Symphony. Lotus Symphony represents a truly global launch with nearly 1 million beta testers, working with the solution in 24 languages, taking advantage of the offering’s Web 2.0 extensions, new technical support services for enterprises, and more.

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Binding IE to view OpenDocuments

IE still have a large hold on the internet. Since ODF is about file formats and not OS. Having an IE webstart plugin that displays ODF in the browser might be a great idea to suppot the use of the standard.


So having an ActiveX plugin that will open ODFViewer within IE and be able to display ODF will be a great plus. Also having an easy to install system like the webstart technology to avoid lenghty installation process. 

libodf architecture

I am playing with the idea of creating a libodf library so programs in Linux can preprocess ODF and dump it on standard output.

 Extending this as an input preprocessor for system commands like less or future odf implementations.

 The libodf could be based on libxml2 and libzip to handle packaging. However there are common challenges on every odf implementation as to how to handle buffering and speed improvements.

 Also how to treat the namespaces, if we should just focus on active namespaces or the whole ODF collection. 

OOXML ratification faces delay after objection

The official standardization of Microsoft's Office Open XML document format could be delayed after a formal objection was made to the International Organization for Standardization.

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The Fall of Microsoft Office

On the same day that the state of New York published a report supporting open formats for electronic documents, mighty Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT) said that it would support the open-source ODF format in Office 2007. Redmond's own Open Office XML specification may be heading for the great Recycle Bin in the sky, never to come back.

Read the complete article by Anders Bylund in the Motley Fool.

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