"It's too early to say for certain, but there are very
encouraging signs that the world's standards bodies will vote in
favour of a single unified ISO ('International Standards
Organisation') document format standard. There is already one
document format standard--ODF, and currently the ISO is considering
a proposal to bless an alternative, Microsoft's OpenXML, as another
standard. In the latest developments, standards committees in South
Africa and the United States have both said they will vote against
a second standard and thereby issue a strong call for unity and a
sensible, open, common standard for business documents in word
processing, spreadsheets and presentations.
"It's very important that we build on those brave decisions and
call on all of our national standards committees, to support the
idea of a single common standard for these critical
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