OASIS Open Document Format for Office Applications Approved
May 4, 2005 1 Comment
OASIS has announced that the Open Document Format for Office Applications (OpenDocument) v1.0 Specification has been approved. The OpenDocument format is intended to provide an open alternative to proprietary document formats including the popular DOC, XLS, and PPT formats used by Microsoft Office. I've covered the importance of Open Document formats before. The new standard will be the default in OpenOffice.org 2 and support is already in the latest Koffice beta. No word when/if Microsoft will support the standard, but they are an OASIS sponsor. Now that the spec is a standard, let's hope that we get some quick adoption, especially in Government. Using an Open Document standard has many advantages, most importantly allowing you guaranteed access to your data and avoiding vendor lockin.