Open Document Foundation Drops ODF

By Michael Flanakin @ 11:06 AM :: 1459 Views :: Technology, Open Source/Standards :: Digg it!
Apparently, the Open Document Foundation is dropping the Open Document Format (ODF) in favor of the W3C's Compound Document Format (CDF). There are a number of reasons for this decision with Sun's control over ODF being at the top of the list. I have to say I find this very amusing. Will this signal the begining of the end for ODF? I don't think we can say that just yet, but it's not good, that's for sure. I took a very brief glance at CDF and thought it was an interesting mix of technologies, but I don't know if I really like it. While HTML has worked for us over the years, there has to be a better presentation technology. Sure, XHTML is a slight improvement, but not enough, in my mind. I'm very curious about XAML, but I don't expect to see that supported in browsers anytime soon. Of course, maybe the pain I associate with HTML is the how developers, web designers, and tools [ab]use it. If everyone used the most recent standard and embraced the minimalistic ideals of CSS-based layouts, I probably wouldn't feel so bad about it. I am intrigued by CDF because of my web experience, tho. Given the lack of tooling support at this time, all I see this doing is fragmenting the ODF initiative, which would strengthen the Open XML initiative. Personally, I think there's a need for Open XML when considering ODF; but, I don't know enough about CDF to say whether or not that would suffice.

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