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OpenOffice.org is an open source, cross-platform suite of productivity applications. OpenOffice.org includes applications that allow you to create documents, spreadsheets, presentations, and drawings. The NLD OpenOffice.org installation, which has been adapted for NLD by Novell, includes the following applications:
At the time of the writing of this book, OpenOffice.org version 1.1.4 was the most recent "stable version" of this application suite. A version 2 is in the works and will include a database application. Because Novell has "fine-tuned" the version of OpenOffice.org that accompanies NLD, it is unclear when version 2 will be available for NLD and which applications will be included in newer versions of the suite.
The OpenOffice.org applications use an XML (eXtensible Markup Language) file format as the default format when you save a document or other file in one of the Open.Office.org applications. OpenOffice.org embraces XML as the default file format because XML files can readily be opened by a variety of applications. Because OpenOffice.org is open source, the developers of the application suite chose a default file format that is also open and nonproprietary.
XML XML or eXtensible Markup Language was developed by the World Wide Web Consortium and is a markup language that allows for the creation of extended tags (a tag language like HTML). It provides a universal file format that can be embraced by many different types of applications.
Because the OpenOffice.org applications share a number of tools and a common interface, you will find that the learning curve for taking advantage of more advanced features in the applications is fairly flat; meaning that you will be up and running in all the applications in no time. Let's take a look at how you start the various applications and then we can look at configuring OpenOffice.org options.
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