I’m back from the OpenOffice.org conference in Lyon. Unfortunately, I was able to catch only the last 1.5 days of the conference, but from what I saw the sessions were informative, the hallway conversations illuminating, and the hospitality superb. I participated in a roundtable panel on “OpenDocument, Open Revolution” and gave a presentation later that day with the exciting title, “A Technical Comparison — ISO/IEC 26300 vs. Microsoft Office Open XML (Ecma International TC45 OOXML WD 1.3)”. The streaming media for these and other sessions are provided online by Kiberpipa.
I’d like to especially draw attention to John McCreesh’s “why.openoffice.org” talk. Usually my eyes glaze over at “marketing” talks. But even with jet lag and loss of a night’s sleep I found this to be an engaging and compelling statement of the OpenOffice.org value proposition.
A noteworthy item announced at the conference was the opening of an OpenDocument-focused web site at XML.org (http://opendocument.xml.org/). This is the “official community gathering place and information resource ” for the OASIS ODF TC and ODF Adoption TC, and is a great place to go with questions about ODF and browse the content there. I encourage you to make it a regulary visit in your browsing habit, or sign up for one of the feeds.
Next stop: OpenDocument Day at the KDE Akademy in Dublin next Tuesday. I’m going to give a lighting talk on “A Standard ODF Object Model”. I also plan to buttonhole everyone I see and try to convince them of the need for a unified effort to make an OpenDocument Developer Kit (ODDK).