Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 11th Feb 2007 15:06 UTC, submitted by flanque
Features, Office Minnesota and Texas may become the next US states to adopt the OpenDocument Format as the required standard for their agencies, thanks to two state bills currently up for vote. The Minnesota Preservation of State Documents Act, if passed, would require that all documents 'including text, spreadsheets and presentations' of the state be created in ODF. The XML-based document format is a rival to Microsoft's Office technology.
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Correction
by hayalci on Mon 12th Feb 2007 21:38 UTC
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The XML-based document format is a rival to Microsoft's Office technology.

Actually, the ODF format is an ISO approved international standard, and microsoft's confusingly named format is rivaling ODF. Although microsoft tries to turn its proprietary "Open" XML format into an open/international standard, it is not. See;
http://www.groklaw.net/article.php?story=2007011720521698

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