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Meanwhile, Back in Minnesota: Your Chance to Help

Oct 10, 2007, 17:30 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Andy Updegrove)

"The action in multiple countries leading up to the closing of the ISO/IEC JTC1 vote on OOXML has all but erased the memory of a similar multi-state contest involving ODF and OOXML that played out earlier this year. That playoff, you may now recall, involved the 'open format' bills that had been introduced in multiple legislatures in the US, including in California, Connecticut, Oregon and Texas. All of those efforts failed to accomplish anything meaningful. As I noted in a summary of the rout I posted on June 10, every piece of legislation was defeated, except for the one introduced in Minnesota, where a greatly weakened bill passed that called for the state's IT department to 'study' the open format issue.

"Now, true to the legislature's instruction, the Minnesota IT department is indeed studying the issue, and will be reporting back its conclusions to the state legislature by January 15 of next year..."

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