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Subject: OASIS Launches OpenDocument XML.org

OASIS Launches OpenDocument XML.org
New Web Site Enables Community to Share, Track, and Monitor Information on the
OpenDocument Format 

Lyon, France; 12 September 2006 -- The OASIS international standards consortium
today  launched a new web site, OpenDocument XML.org
(http://opendocument.xml.org), designed to serve as the official community
gathering place and information resource for the OpenDocument Format (ODF). An
international standard approved by OASIS, ISO and IEC, OpenDocument enables
users of varying office products to freely exchange documents.

"There is so much excitement and momentum behind OpenDocument right now," said
Don Harbison of IBM, co-chair of the OASIS ODF Adoption Committee, which
provides editorial guidance for the new site. "We wanted to offer the community
a central location where they can easily find reliable information on the
technology and the marketplace."

"OpenDocument XML.org also provides a genuine community experience, connecting
implementers with users, and making it possible for people to learn from one
another and contribute to a growing knowledge base," added Erwin Tenhumberg of
Sun Microsystems, co-chair of the OASIS ODF Adoption Committee. "The site
supports a wiki interface, blogs, forums, and other interactive methods of

All OpenDocument XML.org pages are accessible by the public, and readers are
encouraged to contribute content. In addition to technical and educational
background material on the standard, the site features a community bulletin
board and directory where readers share news, events, product and services
listings, information on deployments in the public and private sectors, case
studies, testimonials, and recommendations on  books, white papers, and other
useful resources. 

OpenDocument XML.org is sponsored by IBM, Intel, and Sun Microsystems, Inc.

About OASIS:

OASIS (Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards) is
a not-for-profit, international consortium that drives the development,
convergence, and adoption of e-business standards. Members themselves set the
OASIS technical agenda, using a lightweight, open process expressly designed to
promote industry consensus and unite disparate efforts. The consortium produces
open standards for Web services, security, e-business, and standardization
efforts in the public sector and for application-specific markets. Founded in
1993, OASIS has more than 5,000 participants representing over 600
organizations and individual members in 100 countries. Approved OASIS Standards
include AVDL, BCM, CAP, DITA, DocBook, DSML, ebXML CPPA, ebXML Messaging, ebXML
Registry, EDXL-DE, EML, OpenDocument, SAML, SPML, UBL, UDDI, WSDM,
WS-Reliability, WSRF, WSRP, WS-Security, XACML, XCBF, and XML Catalogs.

Additional information:

OpenDocument XML.org

OASIS OpenDocument Technical Committee

OASIS ODF Adoption Committee

Press contact:

Carol Geyer
OASIS Director of Communications
+1.978.667.5115 x209 (office)
+1.941.284.0403 (mobile)

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