"Since I regularly follow these themes, in September 2009 I
received this request from outside Italy:
"I have read in a report that: "According to Microsoft Italian
regional authorities have examined ODF, but proposal for adopting
ODF as the mandatory standard have been rejected" (translated by
the sender of the message). This fact probably comes from this
Microsoft paper. And we are trying to fact check it... can you
"Back then I knew, just as I know today, that there is no law or
regulation in Italy, not even at the city level, that mandates ODF
as the only accepted format for office documents, regardless of the
context. What I did come across in the last year, instead, were
cases where nobody seemed to know about ODF or law proposals that,
albeit unvoluntarily, may make the situation even worse. However, I
did not remember ever reading about proposals of that kind."
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