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[News] OpenDocument Format (ODF) Officially Published

Information technology -- Open Document Format for Office Applications
(OpenDocument) v1.0

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| ISO/IEC 26300:2006 defines an XML schema for office applications
| and its semantics. The schema is suitable for office documents,
| including text documents, spreadsheets, charts and graphical
| documents like drawings or presentations, but is not restricted
| to these kinds of documents.


This push has been extremely successful (now widely embraced around the
world, apart from the States where Microsoft has too much influence) despite
aggresive opposition, e.g.:

Open Source Foes In Bed With Abramoff

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| "Citizens Against Government Waste has said some highly critical things
| about open source software in the past. They've also pounced on supporters
| of the OpenDocument Format along the way. Alas, it seems their close ties
| to Jack Abramoff have drawn the (unfavorable) attention of Senate staff."


MA Governor-Elect Names MS Anti-ODF Lobbyist to Technology Advisory Group

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| That person is Brian Burke, the Microsoft Regional Director for Public
| Affairs, and if that surprises you, it surprises me as well, given the
| degree of acrimonious debate and disinformation witnessed in Massachusetts
| over the last 15 months involving the Information Technology Division's
| transition to ODF.... it is my understanding that it was Burke who led
| the lobbying effort on Beacon Hill against ODF, and also urged legislators
| to introduce the amendment intended to take away much of the ITD's
| planning power generally, and as regards standards specifically, and hand
| it to a task force made up of political appointees.... Although I'm told
| that Burke announced yesterday at the first meeting of the new working
| group that he will be participating as a private citizen rather than a
| Microsoft employee, I believe that Burke should recuse himself from
| participating in any discussions or recommendations relating to
| document format standards.



When Standards Are Political -- ODF (the Open Document Format)

,----[ Bottom line ]
| State and federal government agencies should be asked to
| require that software vendors support ODF.


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