"I am overdue in offering a few thoughts on the news that open
format legislation has gone down in flames in legislatures
throughout the US...
"Eric Lai and Gregg Keizer compiled the grim data in a story
they posted at ComputerWorld last week titled Microsoft trounces
pro-ODF forces in state battles over open document formats. The
story varied slightly from state to state, with an amendment to a
bill in Florida being whisked away at the behest of three 'Men in
Black' almost as soon as it was offered, while in Texas, testimony
was given (unsuccessfully) by IBM's Bob Sutor, among others, before
that bill died. Bills also failed in Connecticut and Oregon, while
in California State Assemblyman Mark Leno's bill stalled (the
ComputerWorld story reports that Leno will try again in January).
Only in Minnesota did a bill pass that mentioned open document
formats. But by the time the bill was signed, it had been watered
down to the point of only requiring the State's IT department to
'study' the open format issue..."