A mysterious person known only as “Talin” posted recently in the newsgroups saying he had started an extension to allow Open Document Format (ODF) files to be viewed natively in Firefox without the need for a plugin. Apparently, the ODF XML format together with its CSS-like style information is reasonably easy for Firefox to render, given some help.
I think this is a really cool demonstration of the power of free software and open standards, and would, practically speaking, be a really useful addon. In fact, if the code wasn’t too complex and large, why couldn’t we include it in Firefox by default? That would certainly accelerate the adoption of ODF.
He didn’t have time to develop it further, and neither do I. He was kind enough to send me the code, so if anyone else thinks this is a cool idea and would like to take it further, get in touch and I’ll pass it on :-)