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Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Key benefits of Open XML-ODF translator

In recent times, Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) sector and precisely the software development sub-sector has witnessed several arguments both in support and against on the proposed Office Open Extensible Markup Language (OOXML).

Today, Champion Infotel is offering some key benefits of the Open Extensible Markup Language (XML)- Open Document Format (ODF), which is Translator, according to Microsoft Corporation, below.

•The translator addresses the needs of customers such as governments that must support multiple formats.

The Open XML-ODF Translator will enable customers to achieve interoperability between the two file formats and also allow them to use a wider range of applications.

•By enabling conversion of documents from one file format to the other, this free technology not only enhances interoperability, but also brings greater choice and flexibility to the market for document creation, management and archiving.

•The success of the Translator in (more than 150,000 downloads to date) demonstrates how proprietary software and open source software organisations could work together to meet the needs of customers and how Office Open XML file formats and ODF could coexist as open standards in actual products to provide more choice to customers and developers.

•Translation technology promises to enhance choice and accessibility options for technology users, including those who are disabled.

•Noteworthy is that Microsoft-funded open source Open XML-ODF Translator project was developed by CleverAge of France and Sonata Software Limited of India, while it was tested by Dialogika of Germany and India-based Aztecsoft Limited.

The project, according to Microsoft sources, would continue to be open source software on SourceForge.net, and freely available to all customers for development or use.

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