The Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards (OASIS) and the ISO/IEC Joint Technical Committee 1 on Information Technology Standardization announced the OpenDocument Standard, a format which enables users of varying office suites to freely exchange documents, has been approved for release as an ISO and IEC International Standard.
According to a joint press release dated May 8, 2006, the OpenDocument standard “defines a genuinely open XML file format for office applications. Suitable for text, spreadsheets, charts, graphs, presentations, and databases, the standard frees documents from their applications-of-origin, enabling them to be exchanged, retrieved, and edited with any OpenDocument-compliant software or tool. The standard will facilitate access, search, use, integration, a nd development of document content in new and innovative ways.”
Visit the OASIS OpenDocument Technical Committee website.