The position of the OpenDocument Format (ODF) was today strengthened by the K Desktop Environment (KDE) joining the ODF Alliance. KDE joins other partners such as Oracle, SUN Microsystems, Mandriva, IBM and Junta de Andalucia in promoting the OpenDocument Format as a market leader in document exchange and storage.
The OpenDocument Format for office applications improves the transparency and compatibility of critical records by ensuring that competition is fostered in the market place by promoting the use of a vendor- and OS-neutral document format to store files.
"We believe that the use of OpenDocument, backed by important industry leaders, will prevent content from being lost in propritary formats and will thus bring more freedom to users.", said Eva Brucherseifer, president of the KDE e.V.
By standardizing workflows around ODF, organisations can open themselves up to more competitive office application offerings, in particular by taking advantage of cost efficient Linux-based free software desktop environments.
"The fact that KOffice provides an independent implementation of the OpenDocument file format, and was able to take part in its specification, proves that OpenDocument is actually a standard, not just a rubber stamp on Sun's OpenOffice file format. What makes an open standard is not merely approval by a committee, but independent implementations.",
Faure, who has been instrumental in developing the OpenDocument standard has also been working on the implementation of ODF in KOffice, KDE's office suite.
ODF is a royalty free, open standard for storing office documents such as spreadsheets and text processing data on all major desktop operating including Microsoft Windows, MacOS and Linux. Just as the Web provided a way for information to be published, viewed and archived globally, the OpenDocument Format is doing the same for office documents.