Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 30th Sep 2005 11:15 UTC, submitted by Sansta
In the News The commonwealth of Massachusetts has finalised its decision to standardise desktop applications on OpenDocument, a format not supported by Microsoft Office. State agencies in the executive branch are now supposed to migrate to OpenDocument-compliant applications by 1 January, 2007, a change that will affect about 50 000 desktop PCs. The reference model also confirms that Adobe's PDF format is considered an "open format".
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First of all, unless the title you gave to the entry is exactly the same of the article you link to (I refuse to give them a single hit, so you'll have to answer this one), it smacks of editor bias all over the place.

Secondly, you're an editor, so you're supposed to know better than the flame-happy kids lurking here around: it's not about dissing Microsoft, because no one is preventing them to support OpenDocument; they don't want to because they can't accept the idea of having a competitor to their Office suite.

The goal is to insure data accessibility: this is not possible with Microsoft's data format, because they're not open standard and they are subject to patents. The Adobe format, while not truly an open standard because it is controlled by the company which originated it, is more open in its usage terms and is not put at risk by the patent threat.

There, is the situation a little bit clearer now? If you want to know more go read this article on Groklaw:

especially Gary Edwards' comment at the end.

I must say I'm quite disappointed by OSNews lately ...


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