OpenDocument, a reality that we should live

If you didn't read our previous article on the subject, you might get an introduction to it. just here.

Let's see a little information about what the open document format is.

El Open Document Format for OASIS Office Applications (in English, Open Document Format for Office Applications), also referred to as OpenDocument or ODF, is a standard file format for storing office documents such as spreadsheets, memos, graphs and presentations. Its development has been entrusted to the organization OASIS (acronym for Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards) and is based on an XML schema initially created by

OpenDocument was approved as a standard OASIS on May 1, 2005. Likewise, it was published on November 30, 2006 as the ISO 26300 standard, reaching phase 60.60 of the standardization process. On the other hand, version 1.11 of the specification was approved on October 25, 2006 by the OASIS standardization committee.

I imagine we all have a clear idea of ​​what it means for a product / software / issue to comply with a standard, in addition to complying with ISO standards (International Organization for Standardization). We make sure that behind it there is:

* a support structure (in terms of product / service problems in addition to internal support to the people who develop the product);

* clear and pre-established guidelines, methods and processes that indicate without leaving room for doubt how things are done y what are the steps that are carried out before presenting to the end user (you and I) the product;

* a level of quality that needs to be improved or minimally maintained.

At the commercial level, companies supplying some goods are generally required to have valid ISO certifications. Imagine, in the market, the advantages of a product that meets these quality standards and norms.

The standard was dis publicly developed by a group of organizations, Is free access, and can be implemented by anyone without restriction. ANDhe OpenDocument format is intended to provide an open alternative to Microsoft's proprietary document formats whose licensing requirements preclude its use by various competitors. The primary motivation for using standard formats is that organizations and individuals who do so avoid dependence on a single software vendor, allowing them to change computing environment if their current vendor is pushed off the market or changes their licensing model on less favorable terms. for the clientte.
Open Document is the first standard for office documents implemented by different competitors, endorsed by independent standardization bodies and capable of being implemented by any provider.

And here is the heart of the matter.

Let's see this real example (and that I estimate is happening today). Microsoft provides, by purchasing the licenses to use their software, the 2007 Office System and everyone begins to use the files in the native XML formats of the same (.docx for Word, .xlsx for Excel and .pptx for PowerPoint). Millions of users use it, companies, schools, public offices and government agencies.

And tomorrow they are expelled from the market, and the support for this format ends, which by the way is a closed format. No, we don't know how they work. We also don't know the structure. Basically, we are not quite sure how they did it.

What now?

Or even worse, the support for previous versions of documents that have been worked with Microsoft Office products ends, and we must use files of type .x Can they do that, force me to use a format that I don't want? I would not want to lie to you, but I believe that Access the License Terms and Conditionsyeah.

We could talk much more about this topic, because once the dimension of it is visualized, we realize how tied hands and feet these people have us when using their software... :(

Isn't it time to start looking a little more fondly at Free Software?

For my part, my anger with OpenOffice may even go away a bit ...: razz:

PS: greetings, and congratulations to all of you and your families !! A huge hug.

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  1.   f sources said

    So far Microsoft Office continues to win, for two things: It has a suite of better features and also, being the majority, does not offer ODF support, at least not that I know of.

    Thus, very few of us would dare to use it exclusively. I hope that soon, through the market, perhaps the need will arise within Microsoft to support ODF.

    (It is my first comment using Debian which I finally installed)

  2.   N @ ty said

    Thanks Cesar !! Christmas afternoon, Christmas morning I was KO hahaha

    Congratulations Fran !!!

  3.   Caesar Salad said

    But N @ ty! Working on Christmas! How, hehehe

    Merry Christmas to everyone who makes up LXA!

  4.   Fran said

    I finished the office formats to my nose. When I was going to use a document saved with a new version of office in an old office, the document did not recognize me. This has happened to me many times, but since I switched to GNU / Linux I have not had any problem opening documents in different versions of OpenOffice.

    Long live free software.

  5.   Fran said

    At least I am.

  6.   Miguel Gastelum said

    It is said that for an Office SP update, support for ODF will be integrated soon, since Microsoft is interested in this, I do not know if with good intentions that it may not be reality but it is already an important step, and more for what do in OOo do not get out of place when opening it in Office or the other way around, greetings and Merry Christmas and a happy New Year.

  7.   ring said

    I have to assume that you are not aware of the Microsoft soap opera, the standardization of its OpenXML, the irregularities in the voting to make it an ISO standard ...

  8.   rafael hernandez said

    I have been an OpenOffice user since its dawn, although I have also worked with MS Office since its dawn.

    According to the article I wonder: is OO compatible with MSO? The documents I generate with OO look awful in MSO, despite saving it in MSO format. Who has been in the world the longest (by far)? Which one is used by an overwhelming majority? What should the standard or reference be? Which is based on which? Which one appeared boasting of being compatible with which one? Which one decided to mark their own terrain by creating their own format that they wanted to define as a standard? Please, do not demagoguery and value things with facts, not with illusions or expectations.

    The ODF format is a great idea that is intended to be a standard. For something to be standard, it must be accepted by a large majority, which has not yet been reached. It is gaining ground in this regard, and MS is seeing it, and in the end it will adopt the ODF format in its suite. This will be a wonderful thing for everyone, both for those of us who defend the SL and for the users of MS.

  9.   Fran said

    Rafael, ODF is not trying to make it a standard, it already is.

    You say that for a format to be a standard it has to be approved by a large majority and I tell you to ask the countries that voted no to the Microsoft format and in the end it came out that they voted yes.

  10.   kernel_panic said


    That the Norwegian committee claimed what? XD

    Here's an example of "interoperability" from our friends in Redmond: D

    If so much work had to be done to get M $ to provide information on how to connect to their networks, I can't imagine how much will have to be done to help interoperability between office suites.

    What is easier? Work with a STANDARD, FREE format that EVERYONE can use, or a closed, proprietary and non-standard format?

    Well, obviously the first thing, but it doesn't suit them, if not, what will happen to the office?

    MS Office: «And now, who can defend me?»
    Voice: «I !!!!»
    MS Office »El Chapulin Owner!»
    HDP: «They didn't count on my cunning>: D»