"A California legislator last Friday introduced a bill that
would mandate the use of open, XML-based document file formats by
the state government starting next January, the third such
state-level legislation to be introduced this month.
"The bill, officially known as AB 1668, would require state
agencies to 'create, exchange and preserve all documents, as
specified, and to start to become equipped to receive any document
in an open, XML-based file format.' The measure would also require
the California Department of Technology Services (DTS) to evaluate
all qualifying file formats and develop usage guidelines for
agencies to follow..."