Frequently asked questions

Q: Who controls OpenDocument?

A: OpenDocument is developed at OASIS, an independent standards group without a vested interest in any competitor. OpenDocument is also an ISO standard, ISO/IEC 26300:2006. The people developing the format come from a wide range of backgrounds, including:

  • Software vendors (IBM, Sun, Corel, Arbortex, etc.).
  • Volunteer groups (KDE, OpenOffice.org, etc.).
  • Customers with complex needs (Boeing, Society of Biblical Literature).
  • Government bodies (National Archives of Australia).

Q: Isn't this just an open source thing?

A: No. This is an industry standard. It includes both proprietary and open source products. For example, IBM Workplace, StarOffice and TextMaker are proprietary products that support OpenDocument.

Q: Which applications support OpenDocument?

A: OpenOffice.org, KOffice, StarOffice, and many others. Our applications page has an up-to-date list. Read more.

Q: Does OpenDocument support users with disabilities?

A: Yes. OpenDocument has all the features needed for accessibilty support, but it is up to the application to use these features. Read more

Q: What about Microsoft's OpenXML format?

A: OpenDocument is an open standard, Microsoft OXML is not. ODF is vendor neutral, OXML is not. ODF is proven technology, OXML is not. Read more

Q: What are the filetypes for OpenDocument files?

A: Here is a list of OpenDocument filetypes.

Q: I'm a webmaster. How can I set up my server to send OpenDocument files correctly?

A: This page describes how to set up an Apache or Microsoft IIS to send OpenDocument files with the correct MIME type.

Q: My question is not answered here

A: You can join our discussion list and ask us. Or your question might be answered in one of these articles.