Today’s ODF news

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The ODF Alliance just released a press release “ODF Alliance Congratulates Malaysia on Preliminary Designation of OpenDocument Format as Malaysian Standard.”

Here’s an excerpt:

WASHINGTON, July 27 /PRNewswire/ — The OpenDocument Format Alliance (ODF Alliance), a broad cross-section of organizations, academia and industry dedicated to improving access to electronic government documents, today applauded Malaysia’s preliminary decision to make ODF an official Malaysian standard.

This past week, Malaysia’s standards body voted to propose ODF as a country standard, following the recognition in May by the International Organization For Standardization (ISO) of ODF as an international standard. After a public comment period that ends in October, Malaysia’s Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation is expected to formally endorse ODF by year’s end, recommending the format for use by the public sector.

The Alliance has grown to nearly 280 members in more than 40 countries, including the Bristol City Council in the United Kingdom, among others, demonstrating continued momentum for the file format globally. Deputy Council Leader Steve Comer said, “With 20,000 employees we’re the largest employer in the City and provide services for every Bristol home and business. It’s important to take a lead, as the way we do business affects the way everyone else in Bristol does theirs.”

In related news reflecting ODF’s strong and growing momentum worldwide, the Alliance also acknowledged Microsoft’s recent announcement regarding ODF. It encouraged the company to further embrace the format and to provide native support for ODF in its products.

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