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05 November 2008, 10:56

New ODF toolkit from Sun and IBM

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Sun Microsystems and IBM will today unveil the Open Document Format Toolkit Union. The new open source project is aimed at making it easier for developers to deal with ODF files by providing tools that let them use the standards to process documents, without having to worry about the intricate details of the specification. In contrast to a project launched under the same name almost two years ago, this project is not tied to the OpenOffice software.

Sun is contributing the first source code for an ODF API to the project. The project page is also meant to function as a collecting point for miscellaneous Software Development Kits, compliance tools such as compatibility checkers, or other tools that process ODF, such as XSLT (Extensible Stylesheet Language Transformations) processing. Sun and IBM are explicitly calling on other firms and developers to join in and participate in the project. The source code of the toolkit is available under an Apache licence.


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