The other day, on the OpenOffice.org blog planet I read Eric Bachard's post regarding a port of the office suite to the Android platform.
The first thought that came to my mind was, cws_odficons.
Ahhh - why that you might ask..read on.
Today did a google for 'Android ODF'...looks bleak.
Which led me to think about the need to expand the ODF ecosystem, which is actually, IMO, what cws_odficons is really all about, and on the need to expand ODF usage I could not agree more. Which in turn brings me back to ...looks bleak.... and that brings me all the way back to Android.
In the update to Eric's post he mentions that one can't really port all of OO.o because of it's C++ nature - ok, so that gets me thinking about this recent blog, Create an OpenOffice.org Java client in a few seconds.
All of which has me thinking - ok, so leave OO.o on the server/ I mean desktop..silly me/ and just think about what a viewer would look like on Android. Later a trimmed down version of an editor.
The education project at OO.o is certainly on this track with OOo4Kids, so Android is perhaps just another step in feature pruning. I say pruning 'cause if, and assuming, I understand this correctly Android will run only a pure java application, no libraries created in C++ at all?
Now there must be some pure Java implementation that can display an ODF file - surely there is - isn't that what the odf toolkit is all about? So there might be a great student sized project here - porting the odf toolkit viewer to Android, making it assesible from the Android emial reader for attached ODF files.
It is not insignifigant, I believe, that in the above paragraph the word OpenOffice.org is not present. That fact is what makes my, sometimes quirky, mind associate blogs about cws_odficons and Android.
A project within the education project such as this would benefit OO.o for sure and would be benefited by association with the OO.o developers, it also benefits users of any ODF compliant application, that includes users of MSO and we need that because in the end real competition in the desktop office suite market will not happen until the percentage of ODF formatted files being created approaches parity.
Well, enough for now...hmm, something new to add to the mix JopenDocument.
Till next time,