“This article is the first in a three-part series and introduces the new Open Document Format (ODF) Document Object Model (DOM) for Java™ along with the ODF Toolkit Union open source community, whose mission is to simplify the programmatic manipulation of documents and their data.”
“The new version of ODFDOM – the OpenDocument Java library – has been released!Most people might know about ODFDOM, for the others: ODFDOM is an Apache 2 licensed Java library to easily create, access and manipulate the ODF documents.
In biggest feature aside of a more than a dozen patches for ODFDOM 0.8 is the complete revised new ODF table API.
The table is the first feature introducing our new layered design to ease ODF usage.”
“The mood at this year’s general meeting was joyous. In late January 2010, OSL could declare victory in maybe the most important and hard fought battle that OSL has been part of since its formation.
On 29 January 2010 the Danish Parliament (Folketinget) decided unanimously to place the ODF standard as the only compliant open standard for editable documents on the list of open standards to be used by the Danish public sector.”
“Now, what about all the customers that chose to use Microsoft’s Office product just to get the OOXML feature? If they suffer loss because of this Microsoft compensate them? What about the documents they created with OOXML, will they have to be converted? What about the people that refuse to let Microsoft remove the patent violating code to protect their investments and documents? Could i4i sue them?”
“Because we have ever less time to build apps and services, and because the human resources needed to get the job done are now the gating factor (not system resources), there aren’t too many good counter-arguments to the idea of up-leveling our data and tasks, then using the most powerful tools we can find. “
“OdtPHP is an oriented object libary for PHP 5+. It allows you to generate automatically OpenOffice text documents from templates. You can use it directly within your PHP scripts (without OpenOffice).”
“File formats are the rules that define the meaning of all the sequences of bits that you can find inside a computer file. If the format of a file isn’t really open, that is completely known and useable by everybody without paying fees or asking some permit, that file will surely readable without errors only with one or very few software programs and only until those programs exist. Therefore, their authors will be able to ask whatever price they want for every new version of their program(s), especially if citizens are trained in public schools to know (only) those same programs. “
“It’s been just over two years since the last stable release, but the Gnumeric team is still going strong. The project has a new stable series 1.10.x. This release removes the 65,536 row restriction on spreadsheets and includes many new functions, better OpenDocument Format (ODF) support, new statistical analysis tools, and a new utility for searching spreadsheet files.”
“Ultimately, new types of documents are possible. I don’t see my kids creating content 5 to 10 years from now going into a dumb text editor and doing a presentation. I see them using rich media and aggregating small bits of data from the Web. The office suite box is constraining. People should interchange content over time, use collaborative Web-based editing and components that can be shared. Symphony is fundamental to changing and enabling open standards.”
“ODF Import allows a user to import ODF files into drupal nodes. Currently the module can import content from ODT files only. No style information is imported in current release.
Future releases will support other ODF formats as well as importing of styles from an ODF document.”
“You can download the manual from SVN, here. It is in ODF, and it would be great if it could stay that way — if you are using software by The Man, you can download an ODF add-in to open and save the format. (For downloads, I will convert it to PDF, and probably many other formats. The key is keeping the source in ODF).”
“As more offenders attempt to conceal incriminating data or stolen information, it is important for forensic examiners and computer security professionals to know where to look for concealed information. This paper demonstrates how data concealment in Microsoft Office 2007 files is possible. The Office Open XML (OOXML) format forms the basis of Microsoft Office 2007, and an individual can use OOXML to define customized parts, relationships, or both within a Microsoft Office 2007 file to store and conceal information”
“File format support gets a boost in 3.2, including better compliance with the Open Document Format (ODF). One of the sad facts about ODF support, at least at the moment, is that multiple suites support ODF but do it differently — thus making the interoperable format rather less than interoperable. OpenOffice.org supports a “superset” of ODF 1.2, and the latest release will now warn users if they are using Extended features that may not be supported by other suites. “
“A study published by the Norwegian “Direktoratet for forvaltning og IKT” (Agency for public adminstration and ICT) comes to the result that OOXML is not suitable for being used by the Norwegian government. The study is available online in Norwegian. Amongst the reasons that are given are that the standard with its more than 6000 pages is not appropriate; it is not suitable for collaboration; and there is only one software that can implement it and produce the respective file format. Norway recommends pdf for electronic document exchange of documents that don’t need to be edited and ODF (open document format) for all other documents.”
“The open standard ODF is recognised by many European member states. Next to Denmark it is also a national standard for public administrations in Belgium, Germany, France, Lithuania, Sweden and the Netherlands. ODF is recommended by Norway and it is one of the document standards at NATO.”
“In this guide, you’ll learn how to implement and integrate the OpenDocument Format into your environment where other file formats are also in use. Topics include advantages of ODF, best practices for common scenarios, developing an action plan for ODF adoption, document management systems, and collaborating with Microsoft Office users.”