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The open document format (ODF) is an XML-based file format specification for office application files such as word processing documents, spreadsheets and presentations.
ODF is being developed by the OASIS Open Document Format for Office Applications (OpenDocument) Technical Committee and is supported by office suites such as AbiWord, Google Docs, KOffice, OpenOffice.org and Microsoft Office 2007.
This term is also known as opendocument.
As more paper documents are being replaced by electronic documents, the creation of an open file format like the open document format has become a necessity. In an open file format environment, a file saved using one word processor can easily be opened using another word processor. An open file format allows electronic documents to be less dependent on a single vendor. Subsequently, this assures long term access for critical data such as legal contracts and government documents. It also brings down the costs for opening such documents, thus granting significantly more people the ability to access public documents and others relative to their interests.
The OASIS technical committee (TC) developed the open document format. It follows a set of requirements that includes:
The most widely used filename extensions under the open document format include: (usage)