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IBM dives into OpenOffice.org development

By Mayank Sharma on September 10, 2007 (12:13:30 PM)

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IBM will join the OpenOffice.org community and contribute code and resources, the company announced today. IBM has been a major supporter of the Open Document Format (ODF) which originated at OpenOffice.org, but hadn't yet taken the plunge to help out with the development.

According to a Press FAQ that accompanied the press release, IBM's move to help develop OpenOffice.org is a natural extension of their informal collaboration with the project. "IBM has seen that the marketplace is beginning to demand ODF in a big way. Approximately 100 million people use the product, and governments everywhere are turning to it. A point has been reached in the popularity of both ODF and OpenOffice.org where IBM and OpenOffice.org believe more can be accomplished by collaborating," the release said.

IBM has assigned 35 developers from its Chinese development center to work exclusively on OpenOffice.org. Over time they'll contribute code to enhance the usability, and accessibility features, and overall quality of OpenOffice.org. The process will start with IBM chipping in code it has been working on as part of its Lotus Notes product, including the iAccessible2 accessibility tool.

OpenOffice.org community manager Louis Suarez-Potts says, "As with any new member, it's always important to introduce them to the processes and protocols of working with the distributed community. OpenOffice.org is already working in Beijing, where the IBM developers are located, and I would anticipate that our presence there and current work with Redflag (in Beijing) will help greatly."

As per the FAQ iAccessible2, which was announced earlier this year, is an interface that tells assistive technologies, such as screen readers used by the visually impaired, what is transpiring on browser and software screens. This will help users with visual disabilities to more easily make out text embedded in charts, menus, pictures, pop-ups, and hyperlinks.

The FAQ notes that the code was contributed to the Free Standards Group (now part of Linux Foundation), and companies including Oracle, Sun, and SAP have committed to help further develop the specification. "Mozilla is committed to incorporating it into its Firefox browser, and screen reader vendors GW Micro and Freedom Scientific will also use it in their own products. IBM will also use it in the productivity editors of its Lotus Notes product, which supports ODF," the company release added.

Once the interface is assimilated into OpenOffice.org it'll make ODF more attractive to governments, which often require that the technology they purchase be accessible to all of their users, including the disabled.

The announcement comes a few days after Microsoft's Office Open XML (OOXML) format failed to achieve the required number of votes for approval during the five month ballot period.

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IBM dives into OpenOffice.org development

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 192.168.0.7] on September 10, 2007 02:01 PM
35 developers from IMB... That is great...

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IBM dives into OpenOffice.org development

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 192.168.0.7] on September 10, 2007 02:02 PM
35 developers? Would it be sufficient?

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IBM dives into OpenOffice.org development

Posted by: pahosler on September 10, 2007 02:26 PM
35 is great! But when will they have to recall it for excessive lead! LOL

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IBM dives into OpenOffice.org development

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 121.97.211.241] on September 10, 2007 02:35 PM
make it faster to load

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IBM dives into OpenOffice.org development

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 59.162.233.80] on September 10, 2007 04:26 PM
+1 OO needs a lot of work on startup times

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IBM dives into OpenOffice.org development

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 162.136.193.1] on September 10, 2007 06:22 PM
Oh no, POC Eclipse plugins,

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IBM dives into OpenOffice.org development

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 217.155.46.222] on September 10, 2007 08:17 PM
Excellent news, hopefully ODF will be come more mainstream soon, as I am sick of people assuming I am able to afford MS word, i use Openoffice because a) it works, b) its affordable and c is free software in addition i know the file formats are open and will always be accessible,

i feel sorry for those people who have created time capusules and used .doc format, in 100 years time will these be readable

probably not



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IBM dives into OpenOffice.org development

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 88.6.24.47] on September 10, 2007 08:46 PM
OpenOffice has many unbearable bugs that need attending. Recently for instance I found it was not possible to to de-italicise a block of text (as unbelievable as that may sound). Similarly parts of documents that included text with URL's seem to retain a ghost of that URL much later, making it impossible to work in that part of the document without the text becoming a link.

The workarounds I've found for both situations are to open the ODF document in Abiword, save it, and re-open it in OO.

Load times need a speedup also.. and what about this default reliance on JAVA?

Looking forward to a super-usable OO.

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IBM dives into OpenOffice.org development

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 71.145.163.160] on September 10, 2007 11:32 PM
"The process will start with IBM chipping in code it has been working on as part of its Lotus Notes product..."



Please don't put Lotus Notes code into OpenOffice. Why ruin a perfectly good product like OpenOffice by putting in Notes code?

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Re: IBM dives into OpenOffice.org development

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 67.101.134.195] on September 11, 2007 02:28 AM
More specifically Lotus Notes = bloat + Eclipse == More Bloat and terrible plugin architecture

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IBM dives into OpenOffice.org development

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 70.22.119.127] on September 11, 2007 02:14 AM
For the love of Christ, don't put any Lotus Notes garbage in OpenOffice.

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IBM dives into OpenOffice.org development

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 66.81.148.85] on September 11, 2007 02:27 AM
What OpenOffice needs are a few good books that can be purchased in bookstores documenting how each program can be used. Looked at Barnes and Noble today and they don't carry OpenOffice books.

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Re: IBM dives into OpenOffice.org development

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 220.233.11.111] on September 25, 2007 04:33 PM
Have you heard of the the new age bookstore called The Internet? It's a great place for howto information.

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