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Abstracts of Conference Papers - ODF Streams

XML based filters in

Svante Schubert

The editing of XML content with is a frequent requested task of users. But to be able to edit solely the content and not the XML as a simple textfile, a filter has to be established.

This session should give a quick overview over the existing functionality offers to establish such a filter, giving powerful examples. But also giving scenarios showing the current limitations to finally offer ideas to the community to broaden the functionality.

Svante Schubert works for Sun Microsystems and has been full-time developer for since its foundation. His responsibilities included the development of the XSL stylesheets for the XHTML1.0 export filter. He is now co-lead of the 'XML project' on


OpenDocument/ISO/IEC 26300: The Present and the Future

Michael Brauer

The “OASIS Open Document Format for Office Applications (OpenDocument) ” (also known as ODF) was recently approved as ISO and IEC International Standard ISO/IEC 26300, and its adoption is accelerating day by day.

This presentation provides an overview of recent development in the OpenDocument space. It is divided into two parts. In the first part. it provides an inside into the work of the OpenDocument TC in the last two years. It introduces the charters and work programs of the new Accessibilty, Formula and Metadata subcommittees and reveals what the future plans of the TC and its subcommittees for OpenDocument are.

In the second part, the presentation throws a glance on the adoption of OpenDocument. It shows which national and local public bodies have already adopted OpenDocument, and where an adoption is in progress. The second part further introduces organizations and groups that provide assistance to parties that are interested in adopting OpenDocument and lists resources that provide further information regarding OpenDocument.

Michael Brauer is a Technical Architect in the StarOffice/ development team at Sun Microsystems, Inc. , focusing on XML technologies. He is also the chair of the OASIS Open Document Format for Office Applications (OpenDocument) Technical Committee. He joined the StarOffice/ development team in 1995, and is the lead of the XML Project that developed the XML file format since its formation in 2000.


A Technical Comparison: ISO/IEC 26300 vs Microsoft Office Open XML (Ecma International TC45 OOXML WD 1.3)

Robert Weir

Two XML office file formats have been pressing upon our attention, the OASIS OpenDocument Format, recently standardized by ISO, and the Draft Ecma Office Open XML. This presentation will review history of each, the process that created them, and examine each format to compare and contrast how they deal with issues such extensibility, modularization, expressivity, performance, reuse of standards, programability, ease of use, and application/OS neutrality.

Rob Weir is a 16 veteran of IBM and Lotus Development corporation. He has extensive experience working with office file formats, from the old binary formats in Lotus SmartSuite and Microsoft Office, to the new generation of XML formats undergoing standardization. He is a member of the OASIS ODF TC and INCITS V1.

Back and ODF Accessibility

Malte Timmermann

All about and ODF Accessibility. Information about Accessibility features inside, like scheming, support for Assistive Technology (AT) and some special and unique features.

Some overview about how support for AT is done. As a member of OASIS OpenDocument Accessibility SC, I give an overview about of ODF Accessibility findings, and some future outlook. Some information about what's going on with OOo and ODF around the world (Massachusetts, ...)

Malte Timmermann, graduated in Computer Science in 1994. Working in StarOffice Development since 1991.


Innovation Opportunities with ODF XML

Douglas Heintzman

Today, the ODF XML technology standard for document data is most closely associated with office application suites that provide an alternative to MS-Office. But ODF as an XML technology opens the gates for new programmatic access to the document data held within. Previously, the value of document data was by and large unrealized due to the closed nature of today’s predominant office application suite. All this is about to change.

This presentation will illustrate how ODF XML, and related open programming technologies can benefit new types of solutions that effectively re-define how documents, and the data contained within may participate in the context of business processes, their workflows and transactions. These new solutions may be deployed directly on the Internet and accessed by multiple runtimes: industry standard Web browsers, an Eclipse-based rich client platform runtime, or directly from an ODF editor runtime such as OpenOffice, KOffice, Sun Star Office or IBM Workplace. Users will be able to collaborate and interact with document data in ways never before possible. Brief demonstrations will be included.

Doug Heintzman, prior to his current position as Director of Strategy for Lotus Software, was Director of Strategy for IBM Software Group encompassing all the five brands: Information Management, WebSphere, Tivoli, Rational and Lotus. Doug led IBM's open source strategy development and related topics and he has led IBM initiatives in eGovernment. In the world of open standards, Doug was a key contributor to SynchML, where he teamed with Nokia, Sun and other vendors contributing to the development of this standard.


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