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OpenDocument Text Document (.odt)

The ODT file extension represents the OpenDocument Text Document, a key component of the OpenDocument Format (ODF) utilized in office applications for tasks like word processing. Rooted in XML (eXtensible Markup Language), this format is essential for creating and sharing modifiable documents such as reports, books, and academic theses. As an open standard, ODT offers a versatile alternative to proprietary document formats, notably Microsoft's DOCX.

Developed by the Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards (OASIS), the ODT format is maintained as a segment of the OpenDocument standard. Its support spans across various word processors. This compatibility ensures that documents can be accessed and modified across different platforms. An ODT file is a compressed archive that encapsulates the document's content, styles, metadata, and settings in XML files, along with any embedded multimedia elements. This compression facilitates document portability and management, consolidating all elements into a single file.

ODT Specifications

Name OpenDocument Text Document
File Extension(s) .odt
Category Documents
Use For Creating, editing, and storing word-processing documents, that support a range of content including text and images, ensuring adherence to open-standard practices.
Developer Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards (OASIS)
MIME Type(s) application/vnd.oasis.opendocument.text
License open-source; freely available under the OASIS open standard.
File Sample(s) N/A
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