Last modified by Kashif Iqbal on 2019/09/10 03:04

Files with OTT extension represent template documents generated by applications in compliance with the OASIS' OpenDocument standard format. These are created with word processor applications such as free OpenOffice Writer and can hold settings that can be used to generate new documents from these template files. These settings include page margins, borders, headers, footers, and other page settings. Such templates are used in official documents such as company letterheads and standardized forms. 

Brief History

ODP file format specifications are based on the standard developed as ODF specifications. These specifications have evolved over past in the form of three versions developed and published by OASIS as follow:

2005: Version 1.0 was published in May 2005

2007: Version 1.1 was published in Feb 2007

2011: Version 1.2 was published in Sep 2011

There were pretty minor changes in transition from ODF 1.0 to 1.1 versions. The ODF 1.2 version is the latest version for ODF specifications and should be consulted by developers for development of applications related to ODS reading/writing.

File Format Specifications

OpenDocument format supports document representation as a single XML document as well as a collection of several subdocuments within a package as ZIP archive.  Each of the files from the ZIP archive stores part of the complete document. Each subdocument stores a particular aspect of the document. For example, one subdocument contains the style information and another subdocument contains the content of the document. A typical ODF document has the following components:

  • content.xml – Document content and automatic styles used in the content.
  • styles.xml – Styles used in the document content and automatic styles used in the styles themselves.
  • meta.xml – Document meta information, such as the author or the time of the last save action.
  • settings.xml – Application-specific settings, such as the window size or printer information.

Besides these, in package can be many other subdocuments like document thumbnail, images, etc. Document files are the subset of ODF files where the content (sheets) is stored in content.xml subdocument.


Created by Kashif Iqbal on 2019/09/10 03:04