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The Latest from the ODF Standards World
Monday, July 24 2006 @ 01:08 PM EDT

What's been going on in the OpenDocument standards world lately? You'll be happy to hear that everything is moving along nicely.

Here's a summary of what's going on in the spreadsheet formula standardization work. More folks have joined to help. Most significantly, the very awesome Dan Bricklin, the original creator of the spreadsheet and author of wikicalc, has joined the team. There are representatives now also from OpenOffice.org, StarOffice, KSpread, Gnumeric, and IBM/Lotus. IBM has donated its Lotus documentation to help out, and implementations are modifying their code as the specification is developed (and providing useful feedback).

Version 1.1 of the spec is wrapping up; the main addition is a few additional attributes and guidelines for accessibility. An accessibility expert has reviewed version 1.1 and says it looks really good.

Andy Updegrove has started doing a wrap-up summary of ODF news again, by the way. Here's his current summary.

The OASIS OpenDocument technical committee has now officially completed its minor editorial changes and has released OpenDocument version 1.0 second edition to the ISO/IEC, as you can see in discussed here.

As you know, ISO unanimously accepted OpenDocument as a specification in May, but several countries had sent in some comments, as is usual, and there were i's to dot and t's to cross for the committee to address any comments regarding the precise wording of the text, which is what has been happening. This second version addresses those comments. ISO/IEC JTC1 rules give OASIS an option to make minor editorial changes in the text to respond to comments.

These are minor changes. For example, there are absolutely no schema changes; they basically clarify the meaning of the text. Most of the comments I saw were pretty minor things having to do with ISO conventions. So the process moves along to the scheduled August meeting and the final approval of the wording. From ISO's point of view, version 1.0 and "1.0 second edition" are the same document. So all is well there and predictably moving along as planned.


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