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InfoWorld: Texas, Minnesota Eye Move to ODF

Feb 07, 2007, 16:45 (7 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Elizabeth Montalbano)

"Texas and Minnesota may become the second and third U.S. states to adopt ODF (Open Document Format for XML) as the standard file format for government documents instead of the file format that Microsoft uses in its Office 2007 software suite.

"Two separate bills up for legislative consideration in each state propose to mandate the use of an open, XML-based file format that is 'interoperable among diverse internal and external platforms and applications; fully published and available royalty-free; implemented by multiple vendors; and controlled by an open industry organization with a well-defined inclusive process for evolution of the standard,' according to the Minnesota House of Representatives bill, which can be found here..."

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