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OpenDocument Wins More Fans

by Graeme Wearden, ZDNet UK News

OpenDocument Format (ODF), the open file format for office documents, is continuing to gather support from local and national governments. The ODF Alliance recently announced that more than 280 organisations and industry bodies have joined up to support the format. One of the latest converts is Malaysia, whose official standards body voted this week for ODF. This should mean that Malaysia's public sector will start using ODF from the end of this year. "The news from Malaysia continues momentum towards ODF that we are seeing around the globe," said Marino Marcich, executive director of the ODF Alliance, in a statement. "For instance, France and Belgium have recently identified ODF as the kind of open format on which they would standardise. Denmark and Norway have recently indicated that they are moving toward using software based on open standards, and India is also piloting deployments of ODF software within governmental departments." Closer to home, Bristol City Council has also joined the Alliance. It says that it wants to simplify the process of sharing information. Focus Areas: BPEL | DITA | ebXML | IDtrust | OpenDocument | SAML | UBL | UDDI
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