The Open Document Format for Office Applications commonly known as OpenDocument, was based on OpenOffice.org XML, as used in OpenOffice.org 1, and was standardised by the Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards (OASIS) consortium.
The first official OASIS meeting to discuss the standard was December 16, 2002; OASIS approved OpenDocument as an OASIS standard on May 1, 2005.
The group decided to build on an earlier version of the OpenOffice.org XML format, since this was already an XML format with most of the desired properties, and had been in use since 2000 as the program's primary storage format. Note, however, that OpenDocument is not the same as the older OpenOffice.org XML format.
According to Gary Edwards, a member of the OpenDocument TC, the specification was developed in two phases. Phase one (which lasted from November 2002 through March 2004), had the goal of ensuring that the OpenDocument format could capture all the data from a vast array of older legacy systems. Phase Two focused on Open Internet based collaboration.
OASIS is one of the organizations which has been granted the right to propose standards directly to an ISO SC for "Fast-Track Processing". This process is specifically designed to allow an existing standard from any source be submitted without modification directly for vote as a 'Draft International Standard (DIS) (or Draft Amendment (DAM)). Accordingly, OASIS submitted the OpenDocument standard to JTC 1/SC 34 Document description and processing languages a joint technical committee of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) for approval as an international ISO/IEC standard. It was accepted as ISO/IEC DIS 26300, Open Document Format for Office Applications (OpenDocument) v1.0 draft International Standard (DIS), and it was published November 30, 2006 as ISO/IEC 26300:2006 Information technology -- Open Document Format for Office Applications (OpenDocument) v1.0.
Gary Edwards, a member of the OpenDocument TC, says that after ISO standardization, "there is no doubt in my mind that OpenDocument is heading to the W3C for ratification as the successor to HTML and XHTML.". The W3C has not made any public statements supporting or denying this statement, however.
Since Open Document Format for Office Applications (OpenDocument) v1.0 was accepted as an ISO/IEC standard, OASIS have updated their standard to v1.1 in 2007. This update includes additional features to address accessibility concerns. It was approved as an OASIS Standard on 2007-02-01 following a call for vote issued on 2007-01-16. The public announcement was made on 2007-02-13. This version was not initially submitted to ISO/IEC, because it is considered to be a minor update to ODF 1.0 only, and OASIS were working already on ODF 1.2 at the time ODF 1.1 was approved. However, it was some years later submitted to ISO/IEC (as of March 2011 it was in "enquiry stage" as Draft Amendment 1 - ISO/IEC 26300:2006/DAM 1) and published in March 2012 as ISO/IEC 26300:2006/Amd 1:2012 - Open Document Format for Office Applications (OpenDocument) v1.1.
OpenDocument v1.2 was approved as an OASIS Standard on 29 September 2011. It includes additional accessibility features, RDF-based metadata, a spreadsheet formula specification based on OpenFormula, support for digital signatures and some features suggested by the public.
The OASIS ODF Technical Committee expects to submit the ODF 1.2 to ISO/IEC JTC 1 soon. In May 2012, the ISO/IEC JTC 1/SC 34/WG 6 members reported that "after some delay, the process of preparing ODF 1.2 for submission to JTC 1 for PAS transposition is now in progress". In October 2013, after a one month review period for OASIS members, the OASIS Open Document Format for Office Applications (OpenDocument) Technical Committee requested that OASIS submit ODF 1.2 to the ISO/IEC Joint Technical Committee 1 (JTC1)" for approval as a proposed International Standard under JTC'1's "Publicly Available Specification" (PAS) transposition procedure. As of 3 April 2014, ODF 1.2 had reached the enquiry stage of ISO's ratification process.
OpenDocument versions history
|OpenDocument version||OASIS Standard approved on||ISO/IEC Standard published on|
|OpenDocument 1.2||2011-09-29||expected in 2014|
The standardization process included the vendors of office suites or related document systems, including (in alphabetical order):
- Adobe (Framemaker, Distiller)
- Corel (WordPerfect)
- IBM (Lotus 1-2-3, Workplace)
- KDE (KOffice, Calligra)
- Sun Microsystems (StarOffice/OpenOffice.org)
Document-using organizations who initiated or were involved in the standardization process included (alphabetically):
- Intel (they are developing sample documents as a test suite) (Bastian, 2005)
- National Archives of Australia
- New York State Office of the Attorney General
- Novell (Berlind, October 25, 2005)
- Society of Biblical Literature
As well as having formal members, draft versions of the specification were released to the public and subject to worldwide review. External comments were then adjudicated publicly by the committee.
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- "OpenDocument 1.1 Specifications". OASIS. 2006. Retrieved 2006-10-31.
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- ISO/IEC 26300:2006/Amd 1:2012 - Open Document Format for Office Applications (OpenDocument) v1.1, 2012-03-08, retrieved 2012-04-12
- Members Approve OpenDocument Format (ODF) Version 1.2 as OASIS Standard, 2011-10-05, retrieved 2012-04-12
- Minutes of teleconference meeting of ISO/IEC JTC 1/SC 34/WG 6, 2012-05-23 (PDF), retrieved 2012-10-21, "Patrick Durusau reported that, after some delay, the process of preparing ODF 1.2 for submission to JTC 1 for PAS transposition is now in progress. It is not yet know when the submission will be ready ..."
- Member Review of Proposed Submission of ODF v1.2 to ISO/IEC JTC1, 2013-09-16, retrieved 2013-12-24
- Proposed Submission of ODF v1.2 to ISO/IEC JTC 1, 2013-10-19, retrieved 2013-12-24
- "ISO/IEC DIS 26300-1". ISO. Retrieved 9 April 2014.