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OpenDocument Format = ISO 26300

Louis Suárez-Potts-3

1 May 2006: The International Standards Organisation has today  
approved the standard file format to be used worldwide for the  
storage of files produced by office software (word processor  
documents, spreadsheets, presentations, drawings, etc.). For the  
first time in the history of computing, software users will be  
guaranteed that they will be able to use their data in any compliant  
software package, both now and in the future. The point of an open  
standard is that any compliant application can use it.

As Simon Phipps, the Chief Open Source Officer at Sun Microsystems,  

"This is a landmark moment for the Free/Open Source Software  
movement. An innovation that started here [at] has  
been reviewed, adopted and now endorsed at the highest level as an  
international standard. We now have a standard for productivity  
documents that is recognised by governments, which often require ISO  

The productivity suite fully supports the new ISO/IEC  
26300 standard (and since version 2.0 has has fully supported the  
OpenDocument format on which it is based).  The Project has led the  
world in charting a new path.

Louis Suarez-Potts, the Community Manager writes,

"The approval by the ISO helps level the playing field and helps  
clarify what is at stake: your intellectual property, your right to  
use innovative software. The open standard means not only that your  
property is not held hostage to the company making the application  
but also that new applications, new extensions, new ways of doing  
things can be created. The user wins."

The time is now, the tools are here, the freedom is yours.


The Community is an international team of volunteer and
sponsored contributors who develop, support, and promote the leading
open-source office productivity suite,®. supports the Open Document Format for Office
Applications (OpenDocument) OASIS Standard (ISO/IEC 26300) as well as  
legacy industry
file formats and is available on major computing platforms in over 65
languages. is provided under the GNU Lesser General
Public Licence (LGPL).

The Community acknowledges generous sponsorship from a
number of companies, including Sun Microsystems, the founding sponsor  
primary contributor.


The Community can be found at
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