ODF News Items 2008

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

06 December 2008
Dynamic Coalition on Open Standards (DCOS) Agreement on Procurement, KEI
The agreement calls on governments, publicly funded and non-profit institutions to create a policy statement on interoperability and open standards, and, by 2010, agree that procurement of all software should be vendor neutral and implement open standards.

04 December 2008
Germany Joins Growing Ranks of Governments Adopting ODF, Marino Marcich, ODF Alliance
“…decision by the Federal Government of Germany to implement use of the OpenDocument Format (ODF) by federal agencies beginning in 2010.”

26 November 2008
NL: Government instructs itself to use open standards, OSOR
“The list of open IT standards to be used … currently mentions the Open Document Format (ODF) and Portable Document Format (PDF) … for electronic documents.”

05 November 2008
IBM, Sun Microsystems Launch ODF Toolkit Union To Grow Adoption, Community and Software Innovation, Sun press release
“The ODF Toolkit provides a home for libraries that ease the development of applications that support ODF… [and] tools that process ODF or check ODF conformance… Developers are invited to freely host their open source ODF libraries and tools within the ODF Toolkit, to join the existing projects, and to collaborate with ODF developers everywhere.”

31 October 2008
ODF Update, Rob Weir
“I’m glad to report steady progress on all fronts… [by] The OASIS ODF TC… [including] a new activity related to the next version of ODF, the one after ODF 1.2… ‘ODF-Next’.”

13 October 2008
Pretoria ODF Users Workshop, Bob Sutor
“…reporting what happened last week at the Second International ODF Users Conference, held in Pretoria, South Africa.”

12 October 2008
ODF @ OOoCon 2008, Rob Weir
“I’m attending the OpenOffice.org 2008 Conference in Beijing, November 5th-7th… OOoCon typically is also the largest ODF conference of the year, at least based on number of ODF-related sessions.”

10 October 2008
Venezuela adopts ODF for government, Alastair, Tectonic
“…the Venezuelan government had formally adopted ODF as a standard for the ‘processing, exchange and storage of documents’.”

ODF Going Global, Simon Phipps, webmink
“… in South Africa [at] the second International ODF Workshop… I’m left with the strong impression of a growing global community… both politically and geographically. From small roots ODF has grown to both a global movement and a strong technology…”

27 September 2008
ODF workshop update, Aslam Raffee
“Just two weeks to go before the 2nd International ODF User Workshop — hosted by South Africa’s Department of Home Affairs in collaboration with the ODF Alliance — kicks off on October 9 in Pretoria… We have a great lineup of speakers from governments around the world who will share their successes and challenges in adopting the OpenDocument Format.”

25 September 2008
Introducing the ODF Interoperability and Conformance TC, Rob Weir
“…a new Technical Committee in OASIS, called the ODF Interoperability and Conformance TC, or OIC TC for short. The official 30-day OASIS Call for Participation went out last Friday… The OIC TC will have its first meeting, via teleconference, on October 22nd… I’d like to see broader representation in this TC’s important work.”

SE: ODF made national standard in Sweden, Gijs Hillenius, OSOR.EU
“The Swedish Standards Institute (SIS) approved the Open Document Format (ODF) as a national standard… SIS press officer Erika Messing called the approval ‘routine’. SIS was one of the national standardisation organisations that took part in the procedure at ISO to approve ODF, she said. ‘ISO approved it in 2006 and now SIS has made it a national standard.'”

10 September 2008
Open Document Formats finally default for Yale Law School A2K Conference, Open Source Initiative
“The Yale Law School’s Access to Knowledge Conference kicks off in the International Conference Center of Geneva, Switzerland… Open Document Formats have finally become the default document format for presentations.”

09 September 2008
ODF Award Nominations Now Being Accepted, ODF Alliance Weblog
“The purpose of the award is to recognize the contribution of individuals or entities in promoting ODF adoption… Nominate an individual or entity you work with closely or someone you have observed who stands out as a leader in the ODF community…”

06 September 2008
OpenDocument Format, Thomas Zander, Trolltech Labs
“Qt 4.5 will ship with an ODF writer.”

02 September 2008
ODF approved as Swedish Standard, Peter Krantz
“…the Swedish Standards Institute has formally approved ODF 1.0 as a national standard.”

Momentum behind ODF in government grows, Alastair, Tectonic
“To date at least 15 national governments, including countries such as South Africa, Brazil, and Italy, have adopted ODF as a government standard…”

18 July 2008
NATO supports ODF open document format, Heise Open Source
“NATO has included the ISO certified Open Document Format (ODF) in its list of mandatory standards to promote interoperability.”

17 July 2008
OpenOffice.org / ODF Support in SAP Software, Erwin Tenhumberg, SAP Community Network Blogs
“ODF is supported by the SAP List Viewer component…, which is used many times in all kinds of areas for displaying tabular data in a grid. [It] allows exporting to ODF spreadsheet files in addition to Microsoft Excel files.”

16 July 2008
OOXML will take second place following Microsoft’s announcement to support ODF, says Dr Alex Brown, SourceWire
“Software companies should compete on the basis of the quality of their products. The last 18 months have seen them try to compete by influencing the natural course of the International standards process. Now the focus should shift from the standards committees, so that software vendors can concentrate on delivering software that users want.”

03 July 2008
ODF the Recommended Standard in Uruguay, ODF Alliance
“Uruguay’s AGESIC (Agency for the Development of Government Electronic Management and Information and Knowledge Society), which is responsible for proposing IT standards for the federal government, has officially recommended the use of ODF for editable documents and PDF for documents in final, published form.”

02 July 2008
What is new in XML Editor 9.3
“…support for editing and processing resources inside ZIP-based packages including Microsoft® Office 2007 (OOXML) and OpenDocument (ODF) documents.” More info here.

03 June 2008
ODF Comes of Age: IBM Lotus Symphony Turns 1.0, CNN Money
“Open Document Format (ODF) comes of age today as IBM announces the commercial-grade, general availability of Lotus Symphony, a suite of free, ODF-based software tools for creating and sharing documents, spreadsheets and presentations.”

21 May 2008
ODF Wins the Office Document Format War?, Neil McAllister, PC World
“Office 2007 Service Pack 2 will bring improved XML support to the office suite — but it will be ODF, and not Microsoft’s own format.”

Microsoft Office 2007 SP2 To Add ODF, PDF Support, Information Week
“Microsoft… said Wednesday that it would move to support the Open Document Format … in Office 2007 during the first half of next year… In Office 2007 SP2, users will be able to open, edit, and save ODF and PDF documents as well as set the software to automatically save documents in those file formats by default. The increased support also includes its own XML Paper Specification and the Chinese national document format, Uniform Office Format.”

Microsoft Expands List of Formats Supported in Microsoft Office, Microsoft
The official press release.

More commentary:
Microsoft Office 2007 to Support ODF – and not OOXML, Andy Updegrove, Standards Blog
Microsoft Embraces ODF, At Last, Simon Phipps
Microsoft says they will support ODF natively, join OASIS ODF committee?, Bob Sutor

15 May 2008
NL: Administrative Court publishes automatic document conversion tool, IDABC
“The Dutch Council of State is willing to open source its application that can centrally convert documents between open formats and proprietary formats… The tool converts Microsoft documents to Open Document Format and the other way around. Documents can also be saved as Portable Document Format (pdf).”

13 May 2008
Louis Suarez-Potts: OOXML Has Zero Effect On ODF, Interview by Swapnil Bhartiya, EFY News Network
“Q: What do you see for the OOo and ODF community in the years to come?
Louis : Glory. I mean it… People appreciate freedom and what it brings, for it brings innovation and the possibility of it. And it brings, implicitly, community—by which I mean a coming together of interests that are not only generated by and dependent upon marketing agendas.”

02 May 2008
ODF Validation for Dummies, Rob Weir
“…let’s see if we can help show … the correct way to validate an ODF document… I suggest that ODF has a far better validation record than HTML and the web have…”

21 Apr 2008
South Africa adopts ODF as a national standard, Alastair Otter, Tectonic
“The South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) on Friday approved the Open Document Format (ODF) as an official national South African standard.”

16 Apr 2008
Suggesting ODF Enhancements, Rob Weir
“The ODF TC receives ideas for new features from many places. For … those who are not members of the ODF TC, the rules require that proposals, feedback, comments, ideas, etc., come through our comment mailing list. But before you can post to the comment list you must first accept the terms of the Feedback License.”

ODF enhancements for OpenOffice.org, Mathias Bauer, GullFOSS
“ODF is under control of the ODF Technical Committee (TC) at OASIS… This implies that extensions of and changes to this standard must be done following the OASIS rules. This is especially important for intellectual property (IP) and licensing issues.”

09 Apr 2008
ODF is now a Brazilian Standard: NBR ISO/IEC 26300
“[On] 08/04, the final translated version of the ISO/IEC 26300 was approved by members of the ABNT’s committee responsible for that activity… ABNT is the Brazilian National Body (NB) and handles all standardization efforts in Brazil. This approval was the last step for the adoption of ODF as a Brazilian standard and it may now be listed as NBR ISO/IEC 26300.”

02 Apr 2008
ODF Alliance Statement on the ISO Vote on OOXML, ODF Alliance Weblog
“If anything, this vote has galvanized the ODF community, making us more confident than ever of ODF’s emergence as the document format of the future.”

28 Mar 2008
Document Freedom Day Demo in Texas, ODF Alliance weblog
“Easy, interoperable, inexpensive… was the theme of the event… showed how easy it was to peek under the hood of an ODF document (extracting and manipulating data), edit and exchange it on multiple applications and platforms. The demo… could not have been more timely. A hearing is scheduled for April 9th before the House Committee on Government Reform to examine the issue.”

The Future of ODF and OOXML, Andy Updegrove, Standards Blog
“I think it’s safe to say that whatever happens with the OOXML vote is likely to have little true impact at all on the future success of ODF compliant products. Here are ten reasons why I believe this prediction will be borne out.”

19 Mar 2008
MAMPU migrates to OpenOffice.org and ODF to increase freedom of choice and interoperability, Open Malaysia Blog
“From April 1st, MAMPU [Malaysian Administrative Modernisation and Management Planning Unit] will start adopting the OpenDocument Format (ODF) standard for all new documents created.”

18 Mar 2008
Dual Standards: More Choice, or Less? ODF Alliance weblog
“To understand why having one ISO-approved standard like ODF (ISO/IEC 26300:2006) means more choice and provides greater benefits to consumers and local IT developers alike, consider the following…”

07 Mar 2008
Ars tests Microsoft’s ODF add-in for Office, Ryan Paul, Ars Technica
“Our tests included the ODF add-ins for Word and Excel, and they were performed with both Office 2007 and Office 2003… [in] my first test, with Office 2007… the ODF add-in failed to load… In Office 2003, the add-in loads, and items are added to the File menu to import and export ODF content… There is no way to make ODF the default format, and it isn’t added to the list of supported formats in the file dialogs.”

06 Mar 2008
Simon Phipps was right, Michael Tiemann, Open Source Initiative.
When the standards evaluation process is allowed to go out of its way to exclude legitimate participation, we must withdraw from the presumption that the standard can be legitimate.

25 Feb 2008
A renewed wish for open document standards, Zaheda Bhorat, Google
“Google supports open document standards and the Open Document Format – ODF, the recognized international standard (ISO 26300).”

20 Feb 2008
Introducing Document Freedom Day, news release
“26 March: A global day for document liberation… Document Freedom Day (DFD) is a global day for Document Liberation with grassroots action for promotion of Free Document Formats and Open Standards in general. The DFD was initiated and is supported by a group of organisations and companies, including, but not limited to the Free Software Foundation Europe, ODF Alliance, OpenForum Europe, IBM, Red Hat and Sun Microsystems, Inc.”

13 Feb 2008
Latest developments for ODF 1.2 and Patrick Durusau, Sun
“Noted XML standards expert Patrick Durusau will edit the 1.2 release of the ISO/IEC Open Document Format (ODF), currently being developed in the OASIS standards body. Durusau will be repeating the role he played as editor of ODF 1.0… He is also the chair of the Metadata subcommittee in OASIS.”

21 Jan 2008

Closing Day at the Release Event, Jonathan Riddell, KDE.News.
“Alexander from OpenOffice talked about some of the possibilities of OpenDocument including dedicated C libraries to process the format which could be shared between apps. KOffice developers discussed plans for an OpenDocument API in kdelibs to make use of the format available throughout KDE.”

11 Jan 2008
Dispelling Myths Around ODF, Erwin Tenhumberg
“Recent articles, reports and documents show that there are still a lot of misperceptions regarding ODF in the market. Apparently, many people are still not well informed about ODF even though they choose to write about ODF. Therefore, I thought it can’t hurt trying to dispel a couple of myths around ODF.”

08 Jan 2008
Look what Google can do now, Erin White, Star-Telegram.
Google Documents is a basic word processing program in which several people can work on the same document. It supports OpenDocument Text, OpenDocument Spreadsheet, HTML and plain text files, Rich Text, and StarOffice files, and a variety of proprietary legacy binary formats.

04 Jan 2008
Governments adopt OpenDocument Format, Antony Savvas, ComputerWeekly.
In 2007, proprietary formats became increasingly unacceptable. By any measure, 2007 was an incredibly successful year for ODF, with recognition of ODF as a truly open standard format for the future around the world.

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