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Open Office Document (ODF) Standards, Applications, Compatibility & Collaboration

ODF as a Standard

The goal of using a standard interchangeable format is to allow for free file sharing without regard to the application generating the file. That is the goal of organizations, such as OASIS, who are driving open standard initiative. However, there is a fundamental issue that can prevent the goal from ultimately being achieved. That issue is the fact the standards intentionally allow the open format to be extended. While ODF is a standard, it does allow for extensibility by the various office productivity applications. Therefore, these applications designed to create and edit ODF files could indeed generate files that contain content not compatible with the other applications. As a result, there may be significant challenges to widespread adoption, distribution, and usage of ODF documents for users and organizations that use different applications.

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