17 years ago ODF became standard

27 years ago ODF became standard

On November 30, 2006, exactly 17 years ago, ODF became a standard. This is the file format used natively by the open source office suite LibreOffice and its predecessor OpenOffice.

The ODF format includes the extensions .odt (Text Documents), .ods (Spreadsheet Books), .odp (Slide Shows), and .odg (Graphics or Illustrations)

What is ODF format

ODF is the acronym for Open Document Format and It is based on open standards driven by OASIS, the Organization for the Advancement of Standards for Structured Information (Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards)

This format has specifications for text documents, spreadsheets, presentations, graphs and drawings. By making it open, its creators sought to ensure that the different office suites could interoperate, reducing users' dependence on certain proprietary software.

In addition to LibreOffice and OpenOffice, the format is supported by Microsoft Office, Google Docs, Softmaker Office, OnlyOffice and WPS Office.


In addition to being open and interoperable, ODF has the following characteristics:

  • Based on XML: The use of extensible Markup Language makes it easier to create, manipulate and process documents using standard editing and web design tools.
  • Safety: The format allows the application of digital signatures to ensure the integrity and veracity of the document.
  • Accessibility: ODF incorporates the ability to describe images and additional information so that people with disabilities can better understand the content.
  • Extension: The format can grow with new features without altering the basic structure.

The path with which ODF became a standard 27 years ago

For ODF to become a standard, a long collaboration, review and approval process was necessary that began in 2002 and was supervised by different standardization entities.

To achieve this, OASIS convened the OASIS Technical Committee for Office Documents (OASIS ODF TC), with the mission of developing and refining the specifications of the future standard. The group included industry experts, representatives of organizations interested in the creation of office documents, and open standards specialists.

After going through the aforementioned review processes, ODF became a standard approved by different organizations.

Thanks to Manuel for letting me know about the error in the calculations

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  1.   Manuel Cruz said

    Dear, check the date, if it is 30 years then it would be 1996.

    1.    Diego German Gonzalez said

      Thank you. Now I fix it.