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ODS file format

File extension
.ods
File category
Description
The OpenDocument Spreadsheet (ODS) file system was developed by the Oracle Corporation as an escape from the numerous proprietary spreadsheet applications available in the software market. Since it is open-sourced, free that is, and XML-based – meaning it is a file format supported on webpages. In more recent years, the ODS format is used for storing and fetching data on internet databases. The major merit is that it supports not only spreadsheets, but added features like charts, and graphical contents similar to those found on Microsoft Excel.
Technical details
Since files are based on the XML format of data processing, which earns it a first place as the spreadsheet, charts, and word processing format on webpages. The HTML and ODF formats are both XML-based, which explains their compatibility. The OpenDocument Format (ODF) is an open-source standard developed by the Organisation for the Advancement of Structural Information Standard (OASIS). The first release of OASIS’ ODF was in May 2005. ODF supports the representation of files as subdocuments; these come with file extensions like .odt and .fodt – OpenDocument Text, .odp and .fodp – OpenDocument Presentation, .ods and .fods – OpenDocument Spreadsheet, .odg and .fodg – OpenDocument Graphics.
Programs
Microsoft Office 2007
Microsoft Office 2010
Main program
OpenOffice Calc
Developer
Sun Microsystems
MIME type
application/vnd.oasis.opendocument.spreadsheet
application/x-vnd.oasis.opendocument.spreadsheet