WebODF Travels

Yesterday WebODF released v 0.5.0 complete with a library, web editor and FireFox plugin.“Today, after a long period of hard work and preparation, having deemed the existing WebODF codebase stable enough for everyday use and for integration into other projects, we have tagged the v0.5.0 release and published an announcement on the project website.” This is a prime example of why using FLOSS is the right way to do IT. No sooner has ODF been established then developers can implement the standard many different ways, including a typical office suite and now an editor accessible from a browser. The whole world can easily implement this code as is or improve it and make the world a better place. Here’s how it looks on my Beast:
The FireFox plug-in works too. I’d say they have a winner here. This will spread like the dandelions on my lawn. Of course the current release of code lacks many refinements like being able to name a file saved but this is merely a demonstration file. What’s there works and the rest can be added more or less quickly. This is not the end of web editing to ODF but the beginning. See WebODF v0.5.0 released: Highlights.

About Robert Pogson

I am a retired teacher in Canada. I taught in the subject areas where I have worked for almost forty years: maths, physics, chemistry and computers. I love hunting, fishing, picking berries and mushrooms, too.
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One Response to WebODF Travels

  1. oe says:

    Doesn’t surprise me, FOSS in particular and OS in general have had undue influence in accelerating the pace of software innovation. Some good examples:

    Integrated package management; around for a decade before App Stores.

    Plug Extensions to browsers (e.g. Mozilla and Firefox) and office suites —> arrived well before closed source.

    For windows, portable apps, vast majority are FOSS….

    Ephemeral liveFS computing with no trace – FOSS OS’es had it well before commerical

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