10.21.07

ODF Support Confirmed by Apple, CDF Introduced by the ODF Foundation

Posted in Apple, Formats, Interoperability, Office Suites, Open XML, OpenDocument at 12:27 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

We mentioned a forum thread in the past — a thread that indicated Leopard would support ODF. It has just been made more official.

OpenDocument took another step away from obscurity Tuesday, as Apple confirmed that Mac OS X version 10.5 — known as “Leopard” — will natively support ODF files, alongside Microsoft’s Word 2007 formats. Apple had previously added support for the format in its Pages word processing application.

Meanwhile, the OpenDocument Foundation works towards ensuring that there is interoperability. It has just published a page that introduces CDF.

Information about our transition to CDF and our work on Universal Interoperability is referenced in documents located at “The Universal Interoperability Resource Center”.

Related article: Apple Beats Microsoft at its Own Open XML Game

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5 Comments

  1. John Drinkwater said,

    October 21, 2007 at 6:24 am

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    Roy,
    be careful linking to the OpenDocument Foundation, they’re mostly full of shit*.
    If you want to link to CDF, point to W3C, the actual organisation that hosts it.

    OpenDocument Foundation:
    “Our quest ended in April of 2006, when we gave up all hope of ever getting our ODF iX interoperability enhancements accepted by OASIS. At that point we went back to the W3C stable of Internet Technologies, and went to work on CDF, the “Compound Document Format”.”

    * So basically, because no one would listen to them, they have moved on to another place where they can cause a fuss about adding “interoperability enhancements”, i.e., the things people _need_ for Office interoperability. Yay, let’s ruin two standards while we’re at it!
    A total pile of FUD.

  2. Roy Schestowitz said,

    October 21, 2007 at 9:12 am

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    Thanks for the warning, John. I am being pulled from both sides of this argument and I think there is some substance to be found in both. I hear both sides and decide for myself, e.g. by taking heaps of the Alliance’s paperwork to read while on vacation. I still trust independent bodies more than I trust large corporations with complex agendas.

    As far as W3C goes, watch how we ended with a Web that is not truly open, portable, accessible, interoperable, etc. We’re still in the ‘cleanup phase’ (Zeldman, Meyer et aI) and with things like Flash we’re actually stepping backwards. It’s not the W3C’s fault, but we need to learn from past mistakes.

    I suspect that W3C is now headed by a guy from Microsoft (Wilson?), which is funny because Microsoft pretty much admitted ignoring Web standards (deliberately even). The W3C is not even a sufficiently open forum that is available for everyone to participate in. Shades of other consortia…

    I confide in Gary and Marbux not only because of their work on standards, but also because of long-lives involvement in antitrust litigation and contributions to Groklaw. Their recent anti-ODF stance puts me off to be honest, but there are lessons to be taken from various observations.

  3. Bruce D'Arcus said,

    October 21, 2007 at 4:03 pm

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    Gary/Sam/Marbux like to suggest that they’re the independent-minded little guys in tune with the grassroots and fighting the good fight against the big vendors, but the truth is far more complex than that. By all means keep an open mind, but I think if you talk to most of us that were previously affiliated with the Foundation, the consensus would tend towards John’s interpretation.

    As a simple example, on the ODF Metadata SC at OASIS we went through a period of contentiousness on technical details that essentially pitted engineers from Sun against me (an independent developer) and an engineer from IBM. One of the engineers that helped bridge the gap was a guy who used to work for Sun but now works for Novell. Ultimately we all came to some consensus that we’re happy with, and I don’t think you can reduce the technical debates to their provenance. Conspiracy theory is cheap.

  4. Chris Lilley said,

    October 30, 2007 at 11:37 am

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    Just to correct one of the comments, W3C is not “headed by someone from Microsoft”. The W3C Director is Tim Berners-Lee and the W3C CEO is Steve Bratt. Perhaps Roy was confusing the W3C as a whole with tone of its working groups, HTML, which is co-chaired by Chris Wilson of Microsoft and Dan Connolly of W3C. CDF is another working group, chaired by Kevin Kelly of IBM.

    W3C process encourages wide participation, and comments may be made by anyone. The last call and candidate recommendation phases are specifically designed to get feedback and implementation experience.

  5. Roy Schestowitz said,

    October 30, 2007 at 3:17 pm

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    Chris,

    You are correct. I had them all mixed. Thanks a lot for clarifying this.

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