(I've sent an email much like this to the AbiWord development
mailing list, Monday, in case anyone wonders ;) )
first of all, I'd like to introduce myself, and tell you guys about
what we've been up to.
I'm the team leader of the Office team on OSMTC (Open Source
Technology Center) at INdT (Nokia Technology Institute - a brazilian
non-profit R&D institute).
The main goal of our team is to provide a complete Office Suite
(Gnome Office) for the Maemo Development Platform (and thus, for
any devices which use this platform), supporting fully the OASIS
OpenDocument standard, and using as little resources as possible.
Right now, our team has five developers, working on:
- porting AbiWord to Maemo (CVS HEAD already has a large part of it)
- porting Gnumeric to Maemo (Eduardo sent a patch to this mailing
list a few weeks ago. a more complete patch, to CVS HEAD should be
ready in a few days)
- OpenDocument Text plugin for AbiWord (collaboration has started a
few days ago)
- OpenDocument Spreadsheet plugin for Gnumeric
I've read Morten's blog entry on which he comments about the OASIS
OpenDocument standard, and appreciated it very much from start to end.
Our objective, WRT OpenDocument Text support, is to (in order)
- implement a basic import filter for the OpenDocument Spreadsheet
- implement a basic export filter for the OpenDocument Spreadsheet
- help the implementation of missing features on the standard, if at
Unfortunately, as it happens with the AbiWord filter, we do not have
the necessary resources to work on both OpenDocument Spreadsheet *and*
OpenOffice.org 1.0 Spreadsheet support on Gnumeric.
I would like to hear your opinions on whether this is feasible at
all and, if so, what would be the better approach: either keep working
on the "openoffice" plugin, or to completely fork this plugin into a new
Both alternatives seem to have their pros and cons: forking would
allow for a better/clean job of implementing the new plugin, while work
on the existing plugin would (probably) let OpenOffice.org 1.0
Spreadsheet be supported in a better manner than today. On the other
hand, working on the existing plugin might prove to be too
clumsy/complex for us.
What do you guys think?
Last, but not least, I would like to know if there is someone
actively working on such plugin, so we can avoid duplicate work. Our
time frame to start is "immediately", meaning that we are already
working on this plugin, as I write this email.
I'd like to thank you in advance for you thoughts and feedback.
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