"Sun Microsystems Inc. on Tuesday will release the latest draft
specification of the XML file format that will be included in the
next version of its StarOffice software suite due out later this
"Bill Roth, Sun's group product manager for OpenOffice.org, said
that Sun hopes ultimately to establish a standard file format for
open office productivity."
"The new specification lets StarOffice users easily share
information across applications, thus eliminating the need to save
files in different formats," he said. "It will also simplify the
importing and exporting of files from different programs...."
"StarOffice 6 will include the final XML file format. It will
also include Asian language support (completing Sun's
"localization" road map) as well as a number of feature
enhancements to each of the components. "But exactly what
enhancements will be added for this version is still under
discussion with engineering," Venkatesan said."