Argentine Province Adopts ODF

Friday, 2007-January-12 at 15:30

Bob Sutor's blog links to the story.  From the translation of the page:

ARTICULO 1ro: ESTABLÉCESE that any electronic document created and emitted by the Organisms that compose the Government of the Province of Missions, that is destined to store and to distribuír information between organisms and civil employees whom they integrate the Provincial State will have to be codified in the open format OpenDocument according to the specifications established in norms ISO/IEC 26300.

Consequently, the following formats for ofimáticos electronic documents are adopted:
* The OpenDocument format for the documents that the receiver possibly must modify the content.
* Format PDF/A for the documents that are of diffusion and that the receiver only requires access of lectura.

As usual, American federal, state, and local governments are behind the curve on implementing this open standard XML-based document format, being enamoured of bigness and money.  I can foresee a time when government employees are having to take documents home, so that they can be converted to ODF so that contractors and citizens can read them; or international agencies have to send proprietary formatted documents back to their US counterparts to have them export them to ODF.

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