New team blog for the ODF to Open XML converter project

Jean Goffinet pointed out that he and the folks working on the ODF to Open XML converter project now have a blog going up on the SourceForge site ( In the latest post, Jean discusses the thinking that went into their decision to use C# and XSLT. I have to admit that I haven't had as much free time as I would like, and have missed out on some of the big developments that have happened so far in the project so it's nice they have the blog which should help me keep up to date.

I already pointed out two weeks ago that they reached the end of their first milestone and have really come a long way in such a short time. I'm glad that there are a number of easy ways now to follow their progress and read more about the decision decisions they've been making. It's all open source, so you can follow along and participate as much as you wish. I wish I had more time to get directly involved myself, but I at least want to make sure I'm available to help answer any questions (although the latest draft of the spec does a pretty good job on its own).


Comments (2)

  1. orcmid says:

    Jean’s recap of how they got into the project and the considerations that they applied in selecting an approach are very useful.  

    I’m also jealous that they’ve got a blog hosted on SourceForge.  I am definitely SourceForge challenged, and would love to see how to put up a Wiki and blog as a way to support projects there.  The blog software they chose is developed in French, but of course.  I’m even more French-challenged than SourceForge-challenged.

    But I found a cool book on Subversion that may help me play there.

    Meanwhile, it looks like this could be the authoritative reference case for OOX – ODF interchange.  The BSD License may help ensure that there is consistency in how ODF-centric applications interwork with Office Open XML.  That looks great to me.

  2. Thank you for the comment. Indeed we use a french Open Source software for our blog (dotclear: Unfortunately I agree that it is not easy to install / use if you’re not familiar with french language (despite of the efforts made by the authors)…

    In case others are interested, I followed Tristan Nitot’s nice tutorial (in french…) on how to setup dotclear on a SourceForge account:

    Let’s hope that someone will provide such guidelines in english soon.


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