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Free Software Magazine: The Blind Leading the Blind in Massachusetts

Nov 03, 2005, 01:00 (8 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by David Sugar)

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"For the moment, I will ignore the false statement of some that specifying ODT requires one to run OpenOffice. In fact, there are many products which already do so, including Koffice, AbiWord. Anyone that wishes to can produce OpenDocument compatible software, including proprietary software vendors, such as Corel, who have chosen to do so. Microsoft alone insists not that it is unable to do this, but rather that it is unwilling, and it alone demands the state choose its products and its document format instead. In doing so, it is requesting that the state join with it in an illegal business practice.

"The principle complaint that some have used is trying to claim that ODT cannot meet state mandates for blind accessibility..."

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