OpenDocuments are in (and we are meat)

Welcome to today's IT Blogwatch in which OpenDocument Format becomes a standard. Not to mention we are meat ...

It's official. ODF is now an ISO standard, and we look at how Microsoft plans to meet this challenge! Andy Updegrove's Standards Blog gives us the details "The six month voting window for ISO/IEC adoption of the OASIS OpenDocument Format (ODF) standard closed on May 1, and at midnight (Geneva time)... it was announced internally that ODF had been approved by the ISO members ... with broad participation and no negative votes (there were a few abstentions), and ODF is now ISO/IEC 26300 ... With adoption of ODF by ISO/IEC now assured, software that implements the standard will now become more attractive to those European and other government purchasers for whom global adoption by ISO/IEC is either desirable, or required.  ... OpenOffice and KOffice therefore should receive a boost in appeal and usage, as well as for-sale versions, such as Sun's StarOffice and IBM's Internet-based offering."

» Bob Sutor of IBM:  "Let me just sum it up with this: ODF becoming an international open standard has itself significantly raised the bar for what it means to be 'open' and what it means to be a 'standard.' I predict that within the year we will see significant domestic and international government policy changes that will require ODF for intra-government document sharing."

» Victor Agreda Jr:  "The OpenDocument Format is now poised to be readily adopted throughout Europe, as the EU recognizes the formats recognized by the ISO. BetaNews has the story, plus a great quote from ODF Alliance executive Director Mario Marcich, "We believe access to public records and essential services should never be restricted to users of a particular brand of software or computer platform." 

» Peter Rock Lacroix of Gnuosphere:  "This news is absolutely huge. Indirectly, it's a tremendous win for free software ... ISO approval puts even more pressure on Microsoft to adopt ODF in the MS Office suite. Of course, putting off such a change is the route Microsoft will take regardless of the fact that adopting ODF would be a simple task ... Want to help?  1. Sign this petition ...  In short, free your data."

» Jayakara Kini a Sun blogger:  "Currently, ODF is supported by Openoffice,  Staroffice, Koffice, TestMaker and IBM Workplace.   The best thing is, anybody can write their own application ... Microsoft has also submitted Open XML for ISO standards process.   The advantages of ODF is well known now and many organizations and governments are adopting it.   I wonder how Microsoft will push the adoption of Open XML....."

» How will Microsoft overcome this standard? Amit Agarwal advises:  "Microsoft is reluctant to provide native ODF support in Microsoft Office 2007 ... The OpenDocument Foundation has completed the development of a plugin that could 'allow Microsoft Office to easily open, render, and save to ODF files, and also allow translation of documents between Microsoft's binary (.doc, .xls, .ppt) or XML formats and ODF.' ... Though the Microsoft Office Open XML format for Office 2007 is similar to ODF, in that both represent a ZIP container for XML and other data files, it does not use existing standards and requires significant effort to translate them to standard formats. "

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Richi Jennings is an independent technology and marketing consultant, specializing in email, blogging, Linux, and computer security. A 20 year, cross-functional IT veteran, he is also an analyst at Ferris Research. Contact Richi at Also contributing to today's post, actually I'm doing the whole post: Judi Dey, our very own Antipodean.

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