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Hi recently I had a conversation with a fellow developer and talk about ODF popularity. The debate centralized between the Open source agenda and the open standard agenda and where it cross.
The idea of empowering ODF across technologies and systems can sometimes be challenging to absorbed by open source people (including myself).
So an interesting challenging was brought up. Why not have an ODF Viewer in microsoft technology. This means VB and ActiveX. This will be as tactical as having a ODF plugin for Microsoft office.
ODFDOM is the name of the upcoming free OpenDocument framework sponsored by Sun Microsystems Inc.
It will be the next evolutionary step after AODL and Odf4j. Designed together with their architects with the intent to provide an easy lightwork programming API for the ODF developer community. ODFDOM is meant to be portable to any object-oriented language.
The first pre-version of the Java 5 reference implementation of ODFDOM is planned to become available under LGPL3 in May 2008.