Why governments should support OpenDocument: white paper

by Jean Hollis Weber

The OpenDocument Fellowship has released a white paper titled "OASIS/ISO OpenDocument Format: Using open standards to promote competition and close the Digital Divide", available in OpenDocument (ODT) and PDF formats, from http://opendocumentfellowship.org/government/proposal.

This white paper explains why governments should support OpenDocument. It makes two proposals:

* Government agencies should publish public documents in ODF
* Government agencies should accept documents stored in ODF

The white paper quotes relevant international agreements and policies and explains the situation clearly in a way that will be accessible to most government officials.