OASIS OpenDocument Essentials

The Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards (OASIS) recently approved OpenDocument as standard. OpenDocument is “a royalty-free, XML-based file format that covers features required by text, spreadsheets, charts, and graphical documents.” OpenDocument serves as the native file format for OpenOffice.org version 2 and future versions of KOffice.

OASIS OpenDocument Essentials—Using OASIS OpenDocument XML shows you how to take advantage of this format. In addition to explaining the basics of OpenDocument, this book has examples showing how to extract information from, transform, and programmatically create OpenDocument files. This book is a work in progress written by J. David Eisenberg for O’Reilly & Associates and submitted to an open review process. The content is licensed under the Free Software Foundation’s GNU Free Documentation License.

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Buy a printed copy of the book. (Proceeds go to support the OpenDocument Fellowship.)

If you have comments, suggestions, or corrections, please let me know, or post to the discussion board (it is the last forum in the list).

Bonus Articles!

Find out how to use XForms with OpenOffice.org.

Find out how to make “custom shapes” in OpenOffice.org version 2.0. You may see the article in OpenDocument format or in PDF format.

OpenDocument Utilities

Here are some utilities, most of which are written in Java, to help you manipulate your OpenDocument files.


Download laser and inkjet label templates in OpenDocument format (download the ones for OpenOffice.org 2.0).

Just as OpenDocument is based on the native file format used by earlier versions of OpenOffice.org, the OASIS OpenDocument Essentials book is based on an earlier version: OpenOffice.org XML Essentials—Using OpenOffice.org’s XML Data Format. It is also written under the same reivew and licensing conditions as the newer book.

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