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OpenOffice.org XML

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OpenOffice.org XML is an open XML-based file format developed as an open community effort[1][2][3] by Sun Microsystems in 2000–2002. The open-source software application suite OpenOffice.org 1.x and StarOffice 6 and 7 used the format as their native and default file format for saving files. The OpenOffice.org XML format is no longer widely used, but it is still supported in recent versions of OpenOffice.org-descended software.

OpenDocument (ISO/IEC 26300:2006) is based on OpenOffice.org XML and these formats are very similar in many technical areas.[4][5] However, OpenDocument is not the same as the older OpenOffice.org XML format and these formats are not directly compatible. In 2005, OpenOffice.org (since version 2.0) and StarOffice (since version 8) switched to OpenDocument as their native and default format.[6][7]


StarOffice developers adopted XML to replace the old binary StarOffice file format. The draft version was also known as StarOffice XML File Format.[8]

The stated goal in the draft was:

Our goal is twofold: to have a complete specification encompassing all StarOffice components, and to provide an open standard for office documents.

File formats[edit]

The format uses XML files to describe the documents. To minimize space, the files are compressed into an archive and given a suffix depending on what sort of data is contained in them.

File type OpenOffice.org/StarOffice component File (template) suffixes MIME
Text Writer sxw (stw) application/vnd.sun.xml.writer
Spreadsheet Calc sxc (stc) application/vnd.sun.xml.calc
Graphics Draw sxd (std) application/vnd.sun.xml.draw
Presentation Impress sxi (sti) application/vnd.sun.xml.impress
Formula Math sxm application/vnd.sun.xml.math
Master document Writer sxg application/vnd.sun.xml.writer.global
HTML Writer HTML (stw) text/html


See also[edit]


  1. ^ OpenOffice.org Foundation (2000-07-19). "Welcome to the OpenOffice.org Source Project (archived website)". Archived from the original on 2000-08-15. Retrieved 2010-08-08.
  2. ^ OpenOffice.org Foundation (2000-08-10). "The OpenOffice.org Project". Archived from the original on 2000-08-23. Retrieved 2010-08-08.
  3. ^ "History of OpenDocument". 2006-08-28. Retrieved 2010-08-08.
  4. ^ "OpenOffice.org XML File Format". Retrieved 2010-03-27.
  5. ^ "file extension SXW - OpenOffice.org Writer document". Retrieved 2010-03-27.
  6. ^ "Sun Introduces New Version of StarOffice Software" (Press release). Sun Microsystems, Inc. 2005-09-27. Archived from the original on 5 April 2006. Retrieved 2006-04-05.
  7. ^ "OpenOffice.org 2.0 Is Here" (Press release). OpenOffice.org. 2005-10-20. Retrieved 2007-09-20.
  8. ^ StarOffice XML File Format Working Draft, Technical Reference Manual, Draft 9, December 2000 (PDF), December 2000, retrieved 2010-08-08
  9. ^ "Mime Content Types used in OpenOffice.org1.0 / StarOffice 4.x and later". Retrieved 2010-06-05.
  10. ^ "Abiword PluginMatrix". Retrieved 2010-03-27.
  11. ^ "EditGrid Viewer". Archived from the original on October 26, 2006. Retrieved 2010-03-27.
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  13. ^ "SoftMaker Office 2006 for Windows". Retrieved 2010-03-27.
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  15. ^ "Zoho Sheet Features". Retrieved 2010-03-27.
  16. ^ "Zoho Writer - Frequently Asked Questions". Archived from the original on 2010-04-01. Retrieved 2010-03-27.
  17. ^ "Zoho Show 2.0 - Frequently Asked Questions & Answers". Archived from the original on 2007-12-30. Retrieved 2010-03-27.
  18. ^ "Zoho Viewer". Archived from the original on 2010-03-19. Retrieved 2010-03-27.
  19. ^ "Zoho Sheet - Online Excel Viewer". Retrieved 2010-03-27.
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