Piloting of the Office Document Architecture


PODA-2 - 2374

Keywords ODA, standardisation, document interchange, document handling


Start Date: 01-JAN-89 / Duration: 30 months

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Objectives and Approach

The objectives of the project were to:

Results

The use of ODA to provide effective interworking between currently available multivendor products has been successfully demonstrated at a number of public exhibitions including the CeBIT '89 and '90 Hannover Fairs, the latter in conjunction with EurOSInet. This significantly increased the effectiveness of the promotion of ODA and OSI standards and has led to the use of ODA technology by many companies outside the project.

The development and increasing usage of the ODA toolkit has provided a common technology base for ODA product development; a prototype ODA/PostScript converter was developed using the tools. Strong support has been generated for an Applications Programming Interface (API) which will offer a common applications environment for ODA.

User and technical requirements were defined for a number of office application areas which include the incorporation of computable data in documents, editing, hypermedia, partial documents, access to distributed ODA documents using DFR, storage and retrieval, security and printing. Much of this work has been presented to both ECMA and ISO and a summary of the resulting enhancements to the ODA standard has been documented.

Q112 is a document application profile that specifies interchange formats for the transfer of documents between word-processing equipment incorporating both raster and geometric graphics. PODA-2 made major contributions to Q112, which was ratified by CEN/CENELEC in October 1989.

An ODA market survey was commissioned by the project, as well as two comparison studies, ODA/CDA and ODA/SGML.

The project acted as an effective centre of expertise for technical liaison with many related activities, including the CTS-ODA project, ECMA TC29, EWOS, X/Open Data Interchange Group, ODA consortium, EurOSInet, the EXPRES project and IETF in the US. The efficient dissemination of information world-wide was undertaken as a matter of high priority.

A highly efficient testbed was established based on an X.400-based autonomous active mailbox developed in the project.


CONTACT POINT

Dr Joseph A. Nelson
ICL LTD
Lovelace Road
UK - BRACKNELL RG12 4SN
tel: + 44/ 344-424842 ext 2439
fax: + 44/ 344-487832
telex: 22971

Participants

ICL LTD - UK - C
BRITISH TELECOMMUNICATIONS PLC - UK - P
SIEMENS-NIXDORF
INFORMATIONSSYSTEME AG (SNI) - D - P
OLIVETTI INFORMATION SERVICES
RICERCA - I - P
ALCATEL TITN - F - P
OCE-NEDERLAND BV - NL - P
IBM DEUTSCHLAND GMBH - D - P
BULL SA - F - P
SYNTAX SOFTWARE SISTEMI SPA - I - A
UNIVERSITY COLLEGE LONDON - UK - A


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PODA-2 - 2374, December 1993


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