OpenDocument Foundation Goes Belly-Up

The OpenDocument Foundation went out of business this week, with nothing more than a twitter to announce it's departure.

The foundation, which was set up in 2002 to promote the OpenDocument Format, had been engaged in a very public disintegration for some time, culminating with the announcement in October that the foundation would be supporting the W3C's Compound Document Format instead of it's namesake. The end apparently came with the removal of the foundation's official website and the words "It is" from co-founder Sam Riser.

The foundation's actual role with the OpenDocument format, and the degree to which it's dissolution may prove problematic, has been much-discussed in light of the apparent closure.

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Justin Ryan is a Contributing Editor for Linux Journal.