Open Document Format Not So Open, Not So Great
The Open Document Format (ODF) is a terrific concept: a single file format that
can be used by productivity apps and more, and allows for easy sharing -- even
with Microsoft Office. That's the promise.
The reality ain't so hot. A leading advocate of ODF now says it isn't living
up to its promises, isn't so great at interoperability, and thus not so great
at application migration. All this is leading former ODF proponents to suggest
a newer format, the
Complex Document Format (CDF).
Hey, if that's what it takes to get a nice, common file format, I'm happy to
wait for CDF to take hold.
Posted by Doug Barney on 11/05/2007 at 1:15 PM