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Open Standards, Open Format--Key to the Future

Nov 06, 2007, 04:00 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Yatindra Singh)

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"The beginning of the last century witnessed the emergence of a semi-clad Indian, referred to as 'half naked Fakir' by Winston Churchill. His philosophy was, 'means are more important than the end: it is only with the right means that the desired end will follow.' To the charge that 'means are after all means', he would say, 'means are, after all, everything.' His name, Mohandas Karamchandra Gandhi--known to the World as Mahatma Gandhi, father of the Indian nation.

"Gandhi's philosophy is still relevant, in all walks of life. In the context of the Information and Communication Technology (ICT), the end is--dissemination and communication of information: the means are--how to achieve it; how to implement it; what kinds standards to employ; what kinds of formats to adopt; what kind of software to use?. Guidelines for implementing open formats are also provided..."

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