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Open Office XML: The OpenDocument Format (ODF) is an open XML-based document file format for office applications to be used for documents containing text, spreadsheets, charts, and graphical elements. It is intended to meet the following requirements:

  • it must be suitable for office documents containing text, spreadsheets, charts, and graphical documents,
  • it must be compatible with the W3C Extensible Markup Language (XML) v1.0 and W3C Namespaces in XML v1.0 specifications, 
  • it must retain high-level information suitable for editing the document, 
  • it must be friendly to transformations using XSLT or similar XML-based languages or tools, 
  • it should keep the document's content and layout information separate such that they can be processed independently of each other, and 
  • it should 'borrow' from similar, existing standards wherever possible and permitted. 

Organization: OASIS. More information: Open Office XML page on the OASIS website

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