ODF fillip

May 22, 2008

I’ve resisted getting drawn into the OOXML scrap over on PM-R’s blog; partly because I’ve had plenty to do, and mostly because I don’t think another partly informed opinion would add much to the debate.

Our approach to text mining is necessarily pragmatic, which changes your outlook significantly (for detailed reasons why, read Peter Sefton’s blog). OOXML may be a flawed spec born of a standardisation process that left its participants disenchanted and angry. It may be that OOXML can only ever be implemented meaningfully by Word. The fact remains that most chemists, most people, use Word to create documents.

Which is why the news that Office 2007 SP2 introduces native support for ODF natively is brightening my day.

ODF has a potential upside in expanding interoperability, but as always, business continuity requirements will have a significant effect on our approach to these file format changes.

Gray Knowlton

When ODF became a standard I hoped Microsoft would see the business advantage of open data specs and interoperability, and start playing along. Looks like we’re getting there.

This is to announce the release of Jumbo 5.4.2 beta 1.

Jumbo 5.4.2 will be feature release, containing the infrastructure needed for an upcoming release of a much-extended and improved legacy2cml. There is also some built-in 2D structure depiction functionality. I’ll encourage Peter to write a fuller description for the release notes by the time we get to a final release.

The main API shouldn’t have changed all that much, and I’d encourage anyone who has integrated Jumbo to update to this version and let us know about any problems via this list and/or the sourceforge bug tracker.

Ways you can get hold of the release: –

File download: http://sourceforge.net/project/showfiles.php?group_id=51361&package_id=47718&release_id=599409

From Subversion:
The 5.4.2 beta releases will be developed on https://cml.svn.sourceforge.net/svnroot/cml/jumbo5/branches/jumbo-5.4.2
5.4.2-b1 is at https://cml.svn.sourceforge.net/svnroot/cml/jumbo5/tags/jumbo-5.4.2-b1

Maven: repository: http://wwmm.ch.cam.ac.uk/maven2 groupId:cml artifactId:jumbo version:5.4.2-b1