Late last month, the OpenDotDotDot blog reported on a converter that works in both directions for the ODF and UOF file formats. UOF, you may recall, is the Chinese national standard for office application document files. ODF is the ISO-approved format. There is more information on the UOF format on Consortiuminfo.org, including links to some presentations about it. The respective standards organizations are working to "harmonize" the two formats, so that those who use these file formats should soon find conversion unnecessary.
Peking University recently released a program to convert office
documents between OpenDocument Format and the Specification for the
Chinese office file format based on XML (UOF for short). Both standards
are XML office document standards, UOF being a "National Standard of
the People's Republic of China". The converter, which took nearly a
year to complete, enables users to convert text, spreadsheet and
presentation documents between ODF and UOF.
One can only hope that UOF does not have the slowing effects that make using OOXML files so much slower than ODF, with file sizes that are larger.
For the IT staffers of companies that do business in China, it is time to start putting ODF and UOF into place in your infrastructure, as you will need them.