Article: Free Software and disabled users must learn to communicate

Willem van der Walt wvdwalt at
Fri Mar 24 09:02:40 UTC 2006

The open document format is mostly the format used by open office.
An open office document can be extracted using gunzip/tar and then is 
mostly xml.
I think that it is potencially a very good thing.

On Thu, 23 Mar 2006, Martin McCormick wrote:

> 	Thanks for a good article.  What exactly are we up against
> with the open documents?  Are they similar to PDF which covers a huge
> range of possibilities.  Some PDF's are nothing more than image scans
> of a printed page while others have actual searchable text embedded in
> the document and can be read with programs like pstotext.  The catdoc
> application reads many Microsoft Word files and mplayer makes us able
> to listen to streaming audio most of the time.
> Martin McCormick WB5AGZ  Stillwater, OK
> Systems Engineer
> OSU Information Technology Department Network Operations Group
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