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Groklaw: Is ODF an Open Standard?

Feb 10, 2006, 19:00 (11 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by David A. Wheeler)

"Ever since the OpenDocument standard was ratified by OASIS in May 2005, it's been gathering steam. Massachusetts continues to plan to switch to it in spite of some nasty politics, and all evidence suggests increasing use worldwide. KOffice is completing a switch to OpenDocument as their native format (OpenOffice.org did this long before), and more implementations are being announced each month.

"But is OpenDocument really an open standard, or not? For example, can anyone implement it? Was its development process completely controlled by a single party (which would not be open), or is there evidence that it's a consensus result by many...?"

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