ODF open source projects

Some colleagues and I were talking this morning and someone asked what open source ODF projects were going on at SourceForge. So we decided to take a look. Here are four searches where you can examine the same lists we saw for SourceForge and Google Code Projects: SourceForge search for…

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Dr. ODF sidebar

While we’re waiting for Part 5 of the Dr. ODF series, I thought I would point out a connection between a recent blog entry by IBM’s Rob Weir and something we examined in Part 4. In his blog entry “A Demo: Mathematica, MathML and ODF,” Rob talks about how some…

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Denmark: We could save $94M over 5 years with ODF [and OpenOffice]

John G�tze has a blog entry about savings Denmark could realize if they switch to ODF and OpenOffice instead of going with an updated Microsoft Office and Open XML. Sam Hiser has a followup blog entry. When you read John’s entry note that there are several sets of numbers quoted,…

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My United Nations presentation

My UN presentation entitled “What ‘Open’ Means to You: Innovation, Interoperability, and Independence” is now available in PDF form. Update: I uploaded a new version of the PDF that does not open in fullscreen mode, since this was a bit confusing when you accessed the PDF through a browser. I…

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ODF Alliance press release re Massachusetts

The ODF Alliance put out a press release yesterday in response to the announcement in Massachussets that they would use plug-ins for Micrososoft office as an initial technique to start their phase-in of OpenDOcument Format in the Executive branch. Here is the test: WASHINGTON, Aug. 24 /U.S. Newswire/ — The…

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IBM Accessibility ODF Coding Challenge 2006

Today we’re officially announcing the IBM Accessibility ODF Coding Challenge 2006, a contest for university students that combines open standards, open source, and accessibility. Our goal is to train hundreds if not thousands of college software engineering students to create great software that is accessible to all people, right from…

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Dr. ODF: Examining OpenDocument Format with Python, Part 4

Last time we got deeper into our OpenDocument Format text file and started using the documentation for the ODF standard to understand what should be in the document. We learned that there can be some variations in the internal structure between different documents. The information is saved in a zip…

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Dr. ODF: Examining OpenDocument Format with Python, Part 3

In this series of entries, I’m looking at how we can use Python to do some basic examination and processing of the contents of an OpenDocument Format, or ODF, word processing file. The document I’m looking at is almost as simple as it can be because it just contains the…

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Dr. ODF: Examining OpenDocument Format with Python, Part 2

In Part 1 of what I am calling the Dr. ODF project for examining what’s in an OpenDocument Format word processing file, I laid out our first big milestone: understand what is in the zip file holding the components of the document. Our initial document is very simple because I’ve…

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WordPress: No more WYSIWYG editing for me

I finally got tired of wrestling with the WYSIWYG WordPress entry editor after it severely mangled my last post about ODF and Python. I had been dealing with a few of its quirks such its bad habit of concatenating two paragraphs with a break between them. This time, it stripped…

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Dr. ODF: Examining OpenDocument Format with Python, Part 1

There’s been so much talk over the last 18 months about ODF, the OpenDocument Format, that I decided that I wanted to take a look inside a file in that standard format. In particular, I wanted to take a very simple word processor document and see how it was saved…

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