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Welcome to OpenDocument

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.


A pure Java library for OASIS Open Document files manipulation

jOpenDocument is a free library for developers looking to use Open Document files without

You can use jOpenDocument to:

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jOpenDocument : a free Java library for ODF files manipulation

jOpenDocument is a free library for developers looking to use Open Document files without

You can automate the document creation and manipulation process. You can use jOpenDocument to:

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Handboek Oplossingen met ODF

Published in Dutch by the OpenDoc Society, this 180-page e-book provides an interesting read on ODF-products in general. It contains several chapters on ODF and accessibility tools, a business case checklist, and some hints on migrating to ODF. The book was sponsored by the Dutch Department of Economic Affairs. OpenDoc Society is currently seeking funding to translate the book into other languages.

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First Look: IBM Lotus Symphony Beta 4

IBM Lotus Symphony is one of the newer free office productivity suites out there, although the Lotus name itself has a long pedigree. Like -- a free productivity suite fostered by Sun Microsystems -- Lotus Symphony uses the OpenDocument Format (ODF), with reverse-engineered support for Microsoft Office formats, such as doc and xls.

I decided to try the latest Lotus Symphony Beta 4 to see how it compares with typical office suite products, particularly my currently standard, 2.4.

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Extract and Parse ODF Files with Python

This Linux Journal article by Kamran Husain highlights the basic structure of ODF files, and some internals of the underlying XML files and shows how to use Python to read the contents to perform a simple search for keywords. The code also can be the basis for more advanced operations. In the spirit of openness, open-source software is used to read the ODF files, which in this case are Python and the package.

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