Five years to add a spreadsheet formula language – not working on “Internet time,” and tbd how much additional time it will take for 1.2 to be accepted as an ISO standard (1.2 is an OASIS standard at this point)
The new Open Document Format (ODF) specification is a huge improvement over ODF 1.1 which was released in 2006, said Michiel Leenaars, director of the Internet Society Netherlands (ISOC). ISOC is the parent corporation for international organizations that strive to assure the open development, evolution and use of the Internet by developing standards and protocols.
The most important improvement to ODF 1.2 is the newly built spreadsheet support. The old format was buggy and had a lot of legacy problems. Therefore the new spreadsheet module was written from scratch. A complete clean room implementation of the spreadsheet formula was built, said Leenaars in a phone interview.