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This page tracks endorsements of OpenDocument from organizations around the globe.
Format is the result of an industrywide effort to break the
entanglement of data created by closed and non standard office file
formats. By doing so, the OpenDocument Format is opening new
opportunities in the fields of document management, data extraction,
digital document archival, while ultimately setting the path for
substituable information systems and applications that keep the users'
documents and data under their control. One of the most immediate
outcome of this is the interest of the governmental sector for ODF.
Escola Superior de Educação João de Deus - Lisboa, Portugal"The students on ESE João de Deus (ESEJD) are using on free access computers Openoffice 2.1 in Portuguese standard language for doing school work and planning their activities. During the scholar year students are provided with a CD_rom full of open sorce and free sofware as well as weblinks for educational tools and tutorials and more than 8 000 free clipart. Among this software they can find Openoffice suite, The Gimp image editor, G-Compris educational package, Clamwin anti-virus, Scribus desktop publishing, NVu Html editor, etc...
-Jaime Santos - ESEJD ICT Educational manager
me, that document formats for "office" applications should be
completely open, not hindered by patents, and not owned by a single
vendor is just obvious. I wasn't brought up to think otherwise, and so
this whole business around why everyone should be rushing to implement
the new OASIS OpenDocument format standard is a big "duh" (that is,
-Robert S Sutor, Vice President Standards and Open Source
OASIS Standard (ISO/IEC 26300) is a shining example of what partnership
in standardization can achieve for the business community. Its
publication underscores the importance of partnership among ISO and IEC
and standards developing organizations such as OASIS to craft a common
set of standards, and reflects the international community's
recognition of the importance of open formats in enabling business
-Alan Bryden, Secretary-General
National Federation of the Blind in Computer Science
is no longer a thing to be feared, as we once thought. The OASIS
process exemplifies what should be done if true accessibility to both a
document format and the tools to manipulate it are to be achieved.”
-Curtis Chong, President
New York State
"If all that proprietary vendors are waiting for before they directly
support ODF is a 'broad-based customer request,' then they should be
aware that such a demand already exists in New York state."
-New York State CIO/OFT agency
is pleased to see the further evolution of OpenDocument to support
accessibility, providing a schema that can satisfy the needs of both
public and private organizations. Nokia is a strong supporter of open
standards and sees the standardization of OpenDocument 1.1 as an
important milestone in establishing a truly open and useful standard
for document formats.”
-Frederick Hirsch, Senior Architect
is the default file format for users of the SUSE Linux Enterprise
Desktop and the Novell Edition of OpenOffice, and we are a strong
supporter of ODF. ODF has unique vendor and community support and
Novell encourages its customers to use ODF. We are proud to
participate in the development and evangelism of ODF."
-Nat Friedman, Vice President and CTO, Linux and Open Source
is a fine example of an OASIS Standard that originated in and continues
to be endorsed by the open source community. The work of OpenOffice.org
was submitted to OASIS in 2002 by Sun Microsystems with the approval of
the OpenOffice.org community for advancement under royalty-free terms,
so that it would be freely available to developers and users of any
office software application.
-Patrick Gannon, president and CEO
“OpenDocument is very important to allow people to collaborate in an increasingly heterogeneous and global environment.”
-Dr. Mark Little, Director of Standards
doesn't always mean open. You can hide a lot in a file format.
OpenDocument represents an opportunity to ensure truly open file
formats for productivity applications, which is why it will receive the
enthusiastic support of public sector steering organizations on a
global basis. The participation of enterprises in vertical industries,
such as aerospace, will also ensure adoption in the private sector. One
key to success will be the royalty free status of the spec; there are
no financial penalties associated with developing to it."
-James Governor, principal analyst
Royal National Institute of the Blind (RNIB)
“OpenDocument 1.1 is a practical XML format that is readily transformable to the DAISY digital talking book standard
for people with print impairments. The clear specification of
OpenDocument will remain usable long after commercial and proprietary
formats have been condemned to the dustbin.”
is proud to have contributed and worked on OpenDocument 1.1, which was
developed in record time and we expect will be adopted also in record
time. This shows what happens when whole communities of interest -- in
this case commercial enterprises, open source communities and
accessibility ones -- collaborate and share their vision towards
reaching a common goal."
-Crawford Beveridge, Executive Vice President and Chairman, EMEA, APAC and the Americas
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