LinuxWorld Australia: The Evolution of Office Document Standards

“In high tech it has always been the same. What to an outsider
may seem like an inconsequential piece of new technology, to an
insider is visionary. This is the case with the recent ISO
preliminary vote approving the OpenDocument format as a
specification, not to mention the excitement surrounding the fact
that the OpenDocument Foundation has completed a plug-in for
Microsoft Office that allows Office applications to create ODF
documents natively.

“ODF appears to be a rather innocuous standard file format based
on XML. One conversation with Gary Edwards, president of the
OpenDocument Foundation, however, will change your mind…”