Google joins open document group

by admin July 13, 2006 at 7:57 am

Google has joined a group that is promoting an OpenDocument Format standard that allows people to open documents regardless of the application they were created in.

The group, the ODF Alliance, was formed to solve the problem of users getting locked out of files when they are using an application other than the one the document was created with.

Google, whose Writely online word processing program supports ODF, joined the roster of 240 ODF Alliance members this week, Marino Marcich, managing director of the ODF, said on Tuesday.

Google also unveiled its Google Spreadsheets application last month, but has not said whether that program will support ODF. Company spokespeople did not return calls and e-mails seeking comment.

“Google is a major player obviously and a tremendous boost to the alliance,” which launched with just 36 members in March, he said. “It demonstrates the depth and growing support behind the ODF.

Full article: ZDNet Australia