"The OpenDocument Format (ODF) is an emerging file format
standard for electronic office documents. Representing a triumph of
common sense over the methods conceived before the rise of the
Internet, ODF's goals are both exciting and controversial. Early
adopters of the format include state and municipal governments in
some near- and far-flung places, and this makes the format's
progress a thing to watch. Yet innovation theory tells us there are
some hurdles we all must overcome before ODF becomes a regular
topic of conversation at the ballpark. Those in the know, however,
recognize that we're in about the second inning of a barn-burner.
So, grab a hot dog and a beer, and settle in for a classic..."