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[News] ODF Seems to Have Won as an International Standard

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Whatever Happened to OOXML?

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| This means that Microsoft cannot simply ignore ODF, because it runs the risk 
| of cutting itself off from a significant and growing proportion of the public 
| sector market. This also explains why it is adding ODF support with the new 
| Service Pack, as described above.   
| All-in-all, I think things have gone much better in the office sector than I 
| or many others feared when OOXML gained its "approval" from ISO. OOXML has 
| not caught on, and there is every chance that ODF will become a widely-used 
| national and international standard.    


Preliminary thoughts on the implementation of ODF in Microsoft Office.

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| The negative side, if we read Doug’s blog is that there are some inherent 
| limitations to the implementation that seem to make Microsoft Office a clear 
| inferior ODF capable office suite than others. At that time I found it hard 
| to believe and believe that this would be more damageable to ODF than to 
| Microsoft Office. I also pointed out it was the first time Microsoft had 
| taken a sorry tone to speak about one of its products. I will however refrain 
| to make any particular comment at this stage: Clearly, this moment is 
| historical, and it is a happy one. Critics, if they prove to exist and be 
| valid, will be voiced later.        



Introducing Planet ODF

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| I have an early Document Freedom Day present for you. Planet ODF is a feed
| aggregator based on Sam Ruby's Planet Venus, which itself is a refactoring of
| Planet 2.0.


ODF Alliance Award Winners Announced

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| The OpenDocument Format (ODF) Alliance today recognized Vitorio Furusho from
| Parana, Brazil and Anvar Sadath from Kerala, India for their contributions to
| ODF community development and education.


Fort Worth legislator pushes for open format in state documents

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| In recent years, a host of free programs using an open-source format called
| OpenDocument have emerged that allow users to create and edit office
| documents. Popular ones include OpenOffice.org and Google Docs, both of which
| can open files in most Microsoft Office formats.


Open Source, Open Standards and Re-Use: UK Government Policy

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| The UK Government has made it clear that Open Source and Open Standards, with
| a focus on re-use of software development and deployment, is to clearly and
| unequivocably be part of the decision-making for UK Government I.T.
| procurement and contracting. Also part of the policy is a clear committment
| to engage with the Free Software community and to actively encourage the
| development of "Government-Class" Free Software products.


The 21st ODF Toolkit Scenario

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| Back in 2006 I gave a short in talk at a KDE conference in Dublin on the
| topic of "A Standard ODF Object Model", essentially laying out my thoughts on
| why we needed an "ODF Toolkit". As part of that presentation I listed "20
| Prototypical App Dev Scenarios", my attempt to enumerate all the fundamental
| patterns of use for ODF. I did a blog post on this list later that year.

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