Portuguese Government Adopts ODF as Sole Editable Document Format

Posted by Andy_Updegrove on Nov 20, 2012 9:42 AM EDT
ConsortiumInfo.org Standards Blog; By Andy Updegrove
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According to a press release issued today by the Portuguese Open Source Business Association, the government of Portugal has decided to approve a single editable document format. And that format is not Microsoft's OOXML.

In a move reminiscent of the action by the CIO of Massachusetts that ignited the fiercest standards war of the last decade, the Portuguese government has opted to mandate compliance with ODF, the OpenDocument Format, as well as PDF and a number of other formats and protocols in furtherance of a law passed by the Portuguese Parliament on June 21 of last year. That law requires compliance with open standards (as defined in the same legislation) in the procurement of government information systems and when exchanging documents at citizen-facing government Web sites.

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