The open-source OpenDocument document standard has been submitted to a key international standards organisation, which could make it more attractive as a desktop solution in the public sector.
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The Organisation for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards (Oasis), which is behind OpenDocument, said it has submitted the standard to the International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO).
OpenDocument is a document format for storing data from desktop applications such as word processors, spreadsheets and presentation software.
The standard is used by the open-source OpenOffice.org desktop collaboration suite, and supported by the recently launched Star Office 8 desktop application family recently launched by Sun Microsystems.
Microsoft’s Office suite currently does not support OpenDocument. Oasis said ISO accreditation was key to government bodies looking favourably at OpenDocument as a solution.
The Commonwealth of Massachusetts government in the US recently adopted OpenDocument as the standard document format for state agencies in its executive branch, much to the chagrin of Microsoft, which asked the body to reconsider.