Open Document Format
(ODF) is an
standardization effort that uses
and aim to provide increased portability of office documents in a heterogeneous environment.
This particular format has the support of some large vendors like
has its own competing
In mid 2005
s at US State of Massachusetts produced an architecture that mandated the use of ODF in software purchases. However the legality of this is being challenged by bills introduced by the State Senate. As at this writing jury is out on what happens next.
On hindsight it is easy to say that perhaps there should have been more activities in the area of
. It would at least demonstrate the importance of having a solid
worked out beforehand.
Some material to aid interested readers to keep up on
Nov05 blog on Senate legislative amendments at
report on what MS did to derail implementation at
, accepted by ECMA as standard. See
of this page (last edited
December 27, 2006
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