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Using OpenDocument in Office

About the rival document formats coming soon ...

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OPENDOCUMENT VS OFFICE 2007 DOCS

While most of the talk has been about the upcoming document format change in Office 2007 there are also a competitive set of Office file formats to consider.

The OpenDocument format is internationally recognized standard for Office documents for text, spreadsheets, presentations, charts and images. It is supported in some open source Office rivals like OpenOffice.org, StarOffice, Writely (now owned by Google), IBM Workplace and the next version of Lotus Notes.

Earlier this month (May 2006) the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) approved ODF as the standard for XML based Office suite documents. If you see references to ISO 26300 - that's another name for ODF.

In this feature we'll briefly cover the similarities and differences between the upcoming Office 2007 document formats and the OpenDocument format. Much of the current writings compare the Microsoft Office binary formats (doc, xls etc) or MS Open Office XML with OpenDocument formats - not what Microsoft has in the pipeline.

Mostly we'd like to prepare you for the possibility that someone will send you an OpenDocument file - with this issue you'll be able to recognize them and use them in Office.

This is one of those Office Watch issues that some people will think doesn't apply to them because it doesn't seem to have an immediate use. We feel it's something all Office users should be aware of before there's an urgent need.

Article posted: Wednesday, 01 June 2005

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