PR: MassGov Declares OpenDocument the Standard File Format for the Commonwealth

[ Thanks to Sam Hiser
for this information. ]

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts today released the draft
document (for review & comment up until September 9) which
would be the basis of the State’s policy on acceptable document
file formats.

Among other information standards issues covered in the
document, Massachusetts declares the following formats to be the
targets of migration policies:

  • OASIS OpenDocument for Text, Spreadsheet & Presentation
    files (.odt, .ods, .odp) Migration Target: January 1, 2007
  • Plain Text Format for Text files (.txt)
  • Hypertext Document Format for Web Pages (.html)
  • Portable Document Format for Other Documents (.pdf)

Among the applications supporting OpenDocument are
OpenOffice.org 1.1.5 and 2.0, StarOffice 8, KOffice 1.4, Workplace
as well as, to some partial degree, AbiWord, eZ publish, Knomos,
Scribus, and TextMaker. Others will follow.

The State CIO, Peter Quinn, requests our comments on the
document to Standards [at] state.ma.us by September 9, 2007.


Draft Document