OS X Spotlight doesn’t search OpenOffice documents

Shame on Apple for shipping their Spotlight desktop search engine with support for MS Office, but no support for searching OpenOffice.org documents. Oo.o documents are ZIPped-up sets of XML documents, and should be a piece of cake to fix.

The Open Source community to the rescue again, with NeoLight, an early beta product now, but planned to be included in future versions of Oo.o, which will add the search capabilities into Spotlight.

With the Oo.o 2.0 document format forming the basis for the OASIS document format I mentioned yesterday, let’s hope we see a pickup in the support for this format around the office automation software industry.

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