I have left this tombstone entry for historical interest.
The CurrCon Java Applet displays prices on this
web page converted with today’s exchange rates into your local international currency,
e.g. Euros, US dollars, Canadian dollars, British Pounds, Indian Rupees…
CurrCon requires an up-to-date browser
and Java version 1.7 or later, preferably 1.8.0_05.
If you can’t see the prices in your local currency,
Troubleshoot. Use Chrome for best results.
Oracle Open Office
née Star Office Suite, (not to be confused with the free open-source version
was an office suite from Sun compatible with Microsoft Office. It was an enormous amount of software, 110 MB
compressed. However, it was very spritely, faster than MS Office. It was free to educational users, and
for home office users, and as low as
in volume discounts. It is not written in Java, even though it comes from Sun
and is available for Windows, Linux and Solaris. It contains equivalents of the Microsoft Office suite including:
The big advantage is StarOffice use published open file formats rather than proprietary secret formats the way
Microsoft does. This means you can create and use StarOffice files in your own programs. OpenOffice is the free
version. StarOffice and OpenOffice borrow code from each other.
If you look at an *.odt file with WinZip you will see it made of a number of PKZip
compressed members: content.xml, current.xml, manifest.xml, mimetype, style.xml and
thumbnail.png. Most of them are human-readable ASCII (American Standard Code for Information Interchange) XML (extensible Markup Language) text files. You can thus easiy
write programs to extract data from the files or modify them.