coming soon - web based ODF verifacation

February 5 2009

One of the things I asked for at the ODF round table at Microsoft last year was for a web based tool that would verify a file, both ODF and OOXML, and list what the rendering issues would be for various applications. It looks like someone else had the same idea. is going to do this for ODF files: coming soon - web based ODF verifacation will help you make a better choice by letting you compare the output and other behaviour of a wide variety of applications. Does your corporate style - the technical basis for many documents - actually look consistent across the board of applications - from 3.0, Adobe Buzzword and Symphony 1.2 to Microsoft Office 2000 with the ODF addin from Microsoft - or the one from Sun Microsystems? And how does it look on Mac OS X in iWork? When you are in an acquisition phase, will help you do a reality check if that fancy new open source suite or that productivity package you can get a bargain deal at - actually does what it says. On the spot.

After submitting a document to, the site will deliver the print, screen and code output as produced by a variety of different productivity applications - in different versions and across operating system platforms. Anyone can upload ODF-documents, at no cost. This is because actually divides the work among rendering servers hosted by vendors and the community. That could be you (if you're interested, contact us).

It looks like we will get beta access to this service later this month or in March. I am really looking forward to this. So Microsoft guys (cough Doug cough), how about sponsoring this for OOXML files as well?

(source: Rob Weir's blog entry: I love the smell of ODF in the morning)