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ODF Toolkit Union introduced by IBM and Sun Microsystems.

TELECOMWORLDWIRE-6 November 2008-ODF Toolkit Union introduced by IBM and Sun Microsystems(C)1994-2008 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD

IT technology companies IBM (NYSE:IBM) and Sun Microsystems Inc (Nasdaq:JAVA) announced on Wednesday (5 November) the launch of the OpenDocument Format (ODF) Toolkit Union, a new open-source software community project.

The companies said that the ODF Toolkit will use an initial software code contribution from Sun to provide developers with an Application Programming Interface (API) for reading, writing and manipulating ODF documents, at the same time accelerating additional application development. One part of the initial code contribution is an ODF Validator, which validates OpenDocument files and checks certain conformance criteria.

The new toolkit is expected to break down barriers between people and their data by providing support for a wide range of new applications. The ODF Toolkit Union is aimed at complementing other industry efforts such as the ODF standardisation work done at the Organisation for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards (OASIS). Collectively, the initiatives are eliminating the economical and technical barriers to creativity, use and overall utility of documents.

Developers using the ODF Toolkit will be able to produce new applications that: automatically create reports in response to database queries; index or scan documents to support search services; scan documents to support anti-virus services; scan documents for regulatory compliance, legal or forensic purposes; convert from one editable format to another; render documents via other modalities such as audio, video as in unified communications; import data from an office document into a non-office application; as well as render and import documents for mobile device display and editing constraints, the companies said.

The ODF Toolkit open source software project is established at The founding members Sun and IBM invite and welcome other contributors to join the ODF Toolkit Union.

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