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Piloting of the Office Document Architecture

Objective

The objectives of the project were to:

- advance the application of the Office Document Architecture (ODA) standard to multimedia document handling in the context of multivendor systems, where document handling includes creation, imaging, amendment, filing, distribution and access operations
- support the rapid development of ODA-based products that will benefit the whole Community.
The objectives of the project are to advance the application of the office document architecture (ODA) standard to multimedia document handling in the context of multivendor systems, where document handling includes creation, imaging, amendment, filing, distribution and access operations and to support the rapid development of ODA based products that will benefit the whole Community.

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.
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. An ODA market survey was commissioned by the project, as well as 2 comparison studies. The project also acted as an effective centre of expertise for technical liaison with many related activities. A highly efficient testbed was established based on an X 400 based autonomous active mailbox developed in the project.

Coordinator

International Computers Ltd (ICL)
Address
Icl House 1 High Street Putney
SW15 1SW London
United Kingdom

Participants (9)

Alcatel TITN
France
Address
Rue Galvani
91301 Massy
BULL SA
France
Address
Tour Bull 1 Place Carpeaux
92800 Puteaux
British Telecom plc (BT)
United Kingdom
Address
British Telecom Centre 81 Newgate Street
EC1A 7AJ London
IBM Deutschland GmbH
Germany
Address
Pascalstraße 100
70569 Stuttgart
OCE NEDERLAND
Netherlands
Address
St. Urbanusstraat, 43, 101
5900 MA Venlo
Olivetti Ricerca ScpA
Italy
Address
Via Fanelli, 206/16
70125 Bari
SIEMENS AG
Germany
Address
Otto-hahn-ring 6
81739 München
SIEMENS-NIXDORF INFORMATIONSSYSTEME AG
Germany
Address
Berliner Straße 166
13507 Berlin
Birkbeck College, University of London
United Kingdom
Address
Malet Street, Bloomsbury
WC1E 7HX London