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Federal Computer Weekly: Mass. Relaxes Open-Format Mandate

“Massachusetts is apparently loosening a mandate that all
agencies replace Microsoft Office software with products that
support open formats just as a major international standards body
is endorsing the first open format for archiving government
records.

“Last week, the International Organization for Standardization
said it had granted international standard status to the Open
Document Format (ODF), a suite of applications based on Extensible
Markup Language for text, presentations, spreadsheets and other
office documents…”

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