Mathias Bauerâ€”the new lead for OpenOffice’s Writer projectâ€”has an update on the application’s future. Particularly relevant for me and for people interested in the evolution of the bibliographic support in OOo is this comment:
As I mentioned our support to ODF: we are working on the integration of the changes from the ODF updates, we are already doing this for ODF 1.1. (mainly accessibility), but we will also work on ODF formulas and metadata once their specification has stabilized. Metadata will also become important for us as we will use them together with the Bibliography project to greatly enhance the citation functionality in OpenOffice.org.
Those of us working on the enhanced metadata support are quite excited by the possibilities it will open up for significant innovation in ODF-based applications. Because it will be standardized in the file format, those innovations can scale across applications. Indeed, a primary use case for the metadata support is a scenario in which two users collaborate on a document involving citations, but each uses a different word-processor and bibliographic database. But our requirements in turn will help drive a more general framework for both ODF and OOo.
In related news, Elias Torres from IBM is in the process of joining the ODF Metadata Subcommittee to use his wealth of experience with RDF and web applications to drive home the final proposal. He’s already added a lot to the discussion.