THE GROUP set up to push the Open Document Format for Office Applications (ODF) is abandoning its support of that file format.
The OpenDocument Foundation now says it prefers a set of specifications developed by the World Wide Web Consortium, CDF, because these have a better chance of working with Microsoft's format.
The Foundation had been interested in ODF technology, which is overseen by the Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards (OASIS) and has been approved as an international standard by the Geneva-based ISO standards body.
However earlier this month Sam Hiser, vice president and director of business affairs at the Foundation blew the lid off this strategy.
He said that CDF is a more viable universal format than ODF and the Foundation have been displeased with the direction of ODF development this year.
Hiser said that the requirements for a universal file format include full compatibility with Microsoft's Office formats, including Office Open XML. CDF meets that requirement better than ODF does.
According to ComputerWorld the real killer for the ODF format was when it became clear that Sun was more interested in making its own StarOffice application suite interoperable with Microsoft's Office formats than it was in supporting ODF. µ
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