[Irtalk] UK government confirms ODF as standard document format, rejecting Microsoft proposals

Hilton Gibson hilton.gibson at gmail.com
Tue Jul 22 20:37:41 SAST 2014

The government has confirmed plans to standardise document formats across
the public sector – and has resisted extensive lobbying by Microsoft by
rejecting the software giant’s preferred standard.

*Cabinet Office minister Francis Maude announced today that the Open
Document Format (ODF) will be the standard for sharing or collaborating on
government documents*, with PDF or HTML also approved for viewing documents.


*This could also be a huge victory for the preservation and
interoperability ​of the scholarly record if also adopted by the open
scholarly communication community!!*
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