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Emerging Consensus in Favour of a Unified Document Format Standard?

Aug 15, 2007, 22:30 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Mark Shuttleworth)

"It's too early to say for certain, but there are very encouraging signs that the world's standards bodies will vote in favour of a single unified ISO ('International Standards Organisation') document format standard. There is already one document format standard--ODF, and currently the ISO is considering a proposal to bless an alternative, Microsoft's OpenXML, as another standard. In the latest developments, standards committees in South Africa and the United States have both said they will vote against a second standard and thereby issue a strong call for unity and a sensible, open, common standard for business documents in word processing, spreadsheets and presentations.

"It's very important that we build on those brave decisions and call on all of our national standards committees, to support the idea of a single common standard for these critical documents..."

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