Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 4th Dec 2006 22:26 UTC
Novell and Ximian The first fruit of the recently announced Novell/Microsoft interoperability agreement arrived on Dec. 4, with Novell's announcement that its version of the OpenOffice productivity suite will now support the Microsoft Office Open XML format. The release candidate of Novell's modified version of OpenOffice.org 2.02 is now available for Windows for free download by registered Novell users.
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RE: I don't like OpenXML, but...
by hal2k1 on Tue 5th Dec 2006 01:19 UTC in reply to "I don't like OpenXML, but..."
hal2k1
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2005-11-11

//It is very important for OpenOffice to be able to work with the "industry standard" document format, which is sadly enough dictated from Microsoft. //

Only partly correct. If you had said "commonly used in industry" document format, in place of "industry standard", you would have been fully correct.

In actual fact, there is only one standard document format at this time.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Opendocument
"OpenDocument or ODF, short for the OASIS Open Document Format for Office Applications, is an open format for saving and exchanging office documents such as memos, reports, books, spreadsheets, databases, charts, and presentations. This standard was developed by the OASIS industry consortium and based upon the XML format originally created by OpenOffice.org. OpenDocument was approved as an OASIS standard on May 1, 2005, was approved for release as an ISO and IEC International Standard (ISO/IEC 26300) on May 8, 2006 [1] and published November 30, 2006 under the name ISO 26300.2006 on the ISO website [2] where this official standard is available for 340 Swiss francs. A free unofficial copy is available at the OASIS foundation website.

The OpenDocument standard has been developed by a variety of organizations and is publicly accessible. "


That is the only format that is a standard.

//And as others already pointed out, Novell releases their changes as free software, usable to every one, wether Novell customer or not. If Microsoft would manage to raise patent claims against users of this piece of software, this is a problem in itself; and perhaps has to do with the MS/Novell deal. Apart from that, wether Novell would incorporate OpenXML support or SUN or anyone else, it doesn't matter, _and_ it is a positive thing, as nearly every publication of free software.//

It is not the software that is the worry, but the format. It would be no problem if people used Microsoft Office if they would only save documents in a proper, open, cross-platform, standard format.

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Ford Prefect Member since:
2006-01-16

Sorry, this is a translation problem. In German, "Industriestandard" describes what is correctly called "de facto standard" in english.


You're right, the OpenXML format has its drawbacks and should be avoided. Still OOo users can only benefit from the support for that format. OOo has to be able to exchange documents with MS Office. It's bad the way it is.

I never intended to defend OpenXML (see the caption), but the piece of software written by Novell. I can perfectly understand that Microsoft wouldn't switch to ODT per default though, I wouldn't either on their side.

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