Today marks the 5th anniversary of the approval of the OpenDocument Format (ODF) v1.0 specification as an OASIS standard. Half a decade ago, the campaign began in earnest for “document freedom,” with ODF created on the grounds that innovation and interoperability are paramount – and these are based on open standards.

The diagram below (source: ODFAlliance.org) maps out milestones in 3 categories:

  • Standardization (yellow bars): approval and publication dates in OASIS and ISO/IEC
  • Products (blue): A non-comprehensive sample of support of the standard into particular products
  • Adoption (green): Government publication or announcement of pro-ODF policies around the world

We at Adlib Software offer our heartfelt congrats to the ODF Alliance. Like PDF – our bread and butter – ODF is a “public” electronic document output format that lets users access content without forcing them to buy commercial software.

ODF Formats Work Within Office 2010

A beta version of Microsoft Office 2010 indicates that users are prompted as to whether they want to use Office Open XML (OOXML) or ODF – both of which are international standards.