Thursday, June 03, 2004

Best hack award: NeoOffice/J: using Java to get OpenOffice.org running without X11

NeoOffice/J is a really clever hack: Patrick Luby and friends have used Java on Mac OS X to remove the X11 dependencies from OpenOffice.org version 1.0x.

No X11, native fonts, etc. I only used NeoOffice/J to edit some existing word processing and diagram documents - I saw no problems what so ever. Very cool.

One huge advantage of NeoOffice/J and OpenOffice.org is the universally open and readable XML format. XML files for a document are conveniently stored in a single ZIP file.

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