U.K. Cabinet Office Adopts ODF as Exclusive Standard for Sharable Documents

Posted by Andy_Updegrove on Jul 22, 2014 5:15 PM EDT
ConsortiumInfo.org Standards Blog; By Andy Updegrove
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The U.K. Cabinet Office accomplished today what Massachusetts set out (unsuccessfully) to achieve ten years ago: it formally required compliance with the Open Document Format (ODF) by software to be purchased in the future across all government bodies.

Compliance with any of the existing versions of OOXML, the competing document format championed by Microsoft, is neither required nor relevant. The announcement was made today by The Minister for the Cabinet Office, Francis Maude.

Henceforth, ODF compliance will be required for all documents intended to be shared or subject to collaboration. PDF/A or HTML compliance will be required for viewable government documents. The decision follows a long process that invited, and received, very extensive public input – over 500 comments in all.

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