OpenOffice documents may now have one root

According to Committee Draft 2 section 2.1, the OpenOffice format will now support OpenOffice documents in one single XML document.

This is good news.

The present format, with five or more XML files zipped together, is really--like Microsoft Office--only suitable for human editing. The single root XML format will make XSLT based processing possible, combining human editing with automated workflows. One XSLT may extract chapter headers form a text document, another create a spreadsheet from a naked data XML. The sky's the limit. For the first time, OpenOffice has something MS Office has not. And will never get - Microsoft won't ever use an open format for Office.

Update: OpenOffice 2.0 beta supports the OASIS OpenDocument XML format as the default file format.


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