Putting the OpenDocument Foundation to Bed (without its supper)

Posted by Andy_Updegrove on Nov 9, 2007 5:04 PM EDT
ConsortiumInfo.org Standards Blog; By andy Updegrove
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Earlier this week the tech press was abuzz with the news that the OpenDocument Foundation had abandoned ODF for CDF, a W3C specification-in-process that few had ever heard of, and no one seemed to know much about (Microsoft was understandably pleased). To find out the facts, I interviewed Chris Lilley, the W3C lead for the CDF project, and his answer couldn't have been more clear: "The one thing I'd really want your readers to know is that CDF was not created to be, and isn't suitable for use as, an office format."

In fact, it isn't even an export format at all - for that you need another W3C specification, called WICD - which is a non-editable format intended for viewing only. Nor is there any support within W3C to create or use CDF as contemplated by "the three guys in the garage." Thanks, guys.

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