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Federal Computer Weekly: Mass. Relaxes Open-Format Mandate

May 15, 2006, 13:45 (8 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Aliya Sternstein)

"Massachusetts is apparently loosening a mandate that all agencies replace Microsoft Office software with products that support open formats just as a major international standards body is endorsing the first open format for archiving government records.

"Last week, the International Organization for Standardization said it had granted international standard status to the Open Document Format (ODF), a suite of applications based on Extensible Markup Language for text, presentations, spreadsheets and other office documents..."

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