The acceptance of Open Document Format (ODF) greatly increased
in the recent years and this process is likely to continue in
the coming period. The software vendors reacted to the changes
and release more and more applications supporting the ODF (some
of these applications use ODF only for data exchange, while
others use it as their primary data format). The large number of
existing ODF applications makes it difficult for the users to
choose the most appropriate products for their needs, and it is
particularly difficult to distinguish among these products based
on their quality.
In our opinion, it is necessary to have a vendor-independent
solution, which makes the categorization and quality based
evaluation of current and forthcoming ODF applications possible.
As a part of the project “Software quality assurance service-
package for open document format applications - TECH_08_A2-
SZOMIN08” (lasting from 2008 to 2011, supported by the EU,
having 3 industrial and 3 academic consortium members) we
developed a solution - called “ODF Cube” -, which is suitable
for the categorization of both current and future ODF products.
On the other hand we developed a method based on IEC/ISO 9126
and IEC/ISO 25000 standard families which helps to identify the
most important quality attributes of the ODF application
subtypes (identified by the ODF Cube), and makes it possible to
determine the most important measurements to evaluate the
quality of these products.
In the presentation the ODF Cube and the method for identifying
quality profiles for the ODF application subtypes will be shown.