Wikimedia Foundation plans to add ODF support for Wikipedia

The Wikimedia Foundation has announced a partnership that will make it possible to obtain high quality print and word processor copies of articles from Wikipedia and other wiki educational resources.

The third stage [of this project], planned for mid-2008, will be the addition of the OpenDocument format for word processors to the list of export formats. "Imagine that you want to use a set of wiki articles in the classroom. By supporting the OpenDocument format, we will make it easy for educators to customize and remix content before printing and distributing it from any desktop computer," Sue Gardner explained. This work is funded through a US$40,000 grant by the Open Society Institute.

The technology developed through this cooperation will be available under an open source license, free for anyone to use for any purpose. It ties into the MediaWiki platform, the open source technology that runs Wikipedia. As a result, thousands of wiki platforms around the world will have the option of providing the same services to their users."

Read the complete Wikimedia announcement.

One can group selected Wikipedia-articles into books and download them as PDF or ODT, by following a few simple steps.

Note: in the English version, the Book Creator is only available after logging in (not required for Dutch and French version) 

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