ODF News Items 2009

These news items are copied from the OpenDocument Fellowship’s website.

14 December 2009
The Relevancy of ODF 1.0, Rob Weir
“…as we look forward to ODF 1.2, and then beyond to “ODF-Next”, it is worth giving some consideration to what we do with ODF 1.1 and ODF 1.0.”

16 November 2009
ODF 1.2, Part 3 goes out for Public Review, Rob Weir
“…on Friday[,] Part 3 of ODF 1.2, which specifies document packaging (how a document’s XML, images and metadata are combined into a single file and are optionally encrypted or signed), went out for a 60-day public review period.”

17 September 2009
What’s New in ODF Maintenance?, Rob Weir
“I just finished attending a good set of working group (WG) meetings, and the Plenary meeting of ISO/IEC JTC1/SC34… Most of the meeting was routine… But one noteworthy event this week was the first meeting of SC34/Ad Hoc Group 3.”

26 June 2009
ODF Plugfest, Rob Weir
“A plugfest is when implementors of the same interface get together and test the interoperability of their products… We had an ODF Plugfest last week in the Hague. Although we’ve had interoperability workshops and camps before that attracted a handful of vendors, this was the first one that had nearly universal participation from ODF vendors… I will share with you some of my conclusions…”

23 June 2009
ODF TC timeline, Rob Weir
“What has the ODF TC been doing for the past couple of years?” The following timeline should give you an idea…”

18 June 2009
New ODF Interoperability Initiatives Launched At Dutch Government Workshop, ODF Alliance blog
“…the event yielded several practical outcomes that will help implementers build on the level of ODF interoperability that has already been achieved…Virtual “plugfests”… Officeshots.org updated and offered to all vendors… ODF implementations notes to be published…”

9 June 2009
ODF Lies and Whispers, Rob Weir
“There is an interesting disinformation campaign being waged against ODF… I’d like to share with you some recent examples.”

19 May 2009
Microsoft’s ODF Support Falls Short, ODF Alliance
“…an initial round of testing of Microsoft’s support for ODF in Office 2007 (see analysis) has revealed serious shortcomings that, left unaddressed, would break the open standards based interoperability that the marketplace, especially governments, is demanding.”

17 May 2009
The Battle for ODF Interoperability, Rob Weir
“Fixing interoperability defects is the price of success, and we’re paying that price now. The rewards will be well worth the cost.”

11 May 2009
On the Microsoft Office ODF support fiasco, Open Malaysia
“The ODF-support-in-Microsoft-Office-2007-SP2-fiasco-and-its-fallout… is, from the perspective of this participant of the Great Document Format Wars, pretty silly.”

07 May 2009
A Few Facts As Antidote Against Microsoft’s anti-ODF FUD Campaign, Groklaw
“…given some recent anti-ODF FUD in the air, I thought it would be useful to provide some facts.”

A follow-up on Excel 2007 SP2’s ODF support, Rob Weir
“My previous post seems to have attracted some attention… [I will] do a recap here and address some of the more widespread errors.”

06 May 2009
Rethinking ODF leadership, Gray Knowlton
In which Gray explains, using emotionally biased terms and interpretations of Rob Weir’s writing, why he thinks Rob should step down from his position as chair of the ODF TC.

04 May 2009
Microsoft support for OpenDocument (ODF), OOoNinja
“Recently released, Microsoft Office 2007 Service Pack 2 supports OpenDocument Format version 1.1… To evaluate the quality, I opened [a] reference document … in Word 2007. Overall the conversion was respectable… The bugs I noticed were…”

Does MS Office SP2 With ODF Support Really Work? Test Results Point to No. – Updated, Groklaw
“I tried the updated Microsoft Office 2007 SP2, which supports ODF, or says it does. I created a document in Office 2007 SP2 and saved it as ODF… when I opened the saved document in OpenOffice, none of it looked right.”

03 May 2009
Update on ODF Spreadsheet Interoperability, Rob Weir
“A lot has happened in the two months since I did [the previous] analysis… I’m disappointed by [the] results [of my latest tests]… I have some suggestions for how to move things forward again.”

30 April 2009
Using the Sun ODF Plugin for Microsoft Office with Office 2007 SP2, Malte Timmermann
“SP2 only implements ODF 1.0. Tables in presentations got specified in ODF 1.2, same .. for formulas in spreadsheets… you might want to continue using the Sun ODF Plugin if you need these features.”

ODF support in MS Office 2007 with Service Pack 2, Malte Timmermann
“Service Pack 2 for MS Office 2007 is now publicly available. The biggest improvement from my point of view: Support for the Open Document Format (ODF). It’s a native Filter in Word, Excel and PowerPoint, so you can use ODF as your new default file format there!”

28 April 2009
Press Release on Microsoft Support for ODF in SP2, ODF Alliance
“The ODF Alliance today welcomed the release of Microsoft’s Service Pack 2 for Office 2007, a software update that provides long-awaited support for the OpenDocument Format (ODF), while cautioning governments to evaluate the new software to ensure sufficient interoperability with other ODF-supporting applications.”

21 April 2009
Description of 2007 Microsoft Office Suite Service Pack 2 (SP2)…, Microsoft
Mentions ODF support among many other items.

23 March 2009
Introducing Planet ODF, Rob Weir
“Planet ODF aggregates several blogs, news sources, discussion forums and other online services related to ODF.”

01 March 2009
ODF Spreadsheet Interoperability: Theory and Practice, Rob Weir
“…neither ODF 1.0 nor ODF 1.1 defines a spreadsheet formula language… With ODF 1.2, we’ll standardize the consensus on spreadsheet formulas, giving even greater certainties. Let’s see how this works in practice….”

25 February 2009
Whither ODF?, Rob Weir
Rob Weir offers 35 comments in a “rant” on the future of document authoring and collaboration system. The comments are also interesting. Much food for thought here.

22 February 2009
Looking for Good Ideas for ODF-Next, Rob Weir
“The ODF TC has decided to begin activities on the next version of ODF, called for now “ODF-Next”, even before we have ODF 1.2 approved…This is a good chance to get your ideas in early and have a real impact on where we go with ODF in the next major release…We can only accept ideas sent through the … OASIS comment submission procedure…”

20 February 2009
ODF-Next Call for Proposals, Mary McRae, OASIS
“OASIS Members and all Interested Participants… are invited to help define the feature set of the next revision of OASIS Open Document Format (ODF) to follow ODF 1.2.”

17 February 2009
ODF 1.2 Committee Draft 01, Rob Weir
“The Committee Draft 01 of ODF 1.2, Part 1 was approved by the OASIS ODF TC yesterday in a 9-2-2 vote. You can download it here… Although there are a lot of votes and process steps remaining, the major technical work is just about done. What remains is a period of review, perfecting the text, gaining implementation experience and feedback, etc.”

06 February 2009
The 21st ODF Toolkit Scenario, Rob Weir
“If you have a toolkit written in a language, say Java, and the toolkit has API’s which you can use to both read and write ODF documents, then you can write a program that will read an ODF document and write out the Java code that would be needed to re-create that same ODF document. So it is a code generation pattern.”

05 February 2009
I love the smell of ODF in the morning, Rob Weir
“I have a short ODF trio to share with you today… Venezuela now mandates the use of ODF… Officeshots… [and] the NLnet Foundation has named ODF as one of its two focus areas for 2009 and … are accepting project proposals for funding.”

30 January 2009
Office Output, nlnet
“Free webservice lets user compare office applications”

26 January 2009
The State of ODF in OASIS, Rob Weir
“The year 2008 was a great year for ODF… It was a good year in OASIS as well, for ODF… A few statistics you might find interesting on the level of participation in OASIS TC’s related to ODF, based on a tally I did this morning…”

12 January 2009
ODF 1.0 Errata 01, Rob Weir
“The document mainly addresses trivial editorial errors. No implementation will need to change because of these errata.”

Posted in ODF news