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Norway sees the light. When will New Zealand follow?

, posted: 20-Dec-2007 11:00

Norway just mandated the use of open standards for all documentation between authorities and users/partners. Specifically (quote):
  • HTML for all public information on the Web.
  • PDF for all documents where layout needs to be preserved.
  • ODF for all documents that the recipient is supposed to be able to edit
Everyone is free to create documents in other standards as well, but they always must also be published in one of those three.

This is definitely a win for Norway and its citizens, and a vote against proprietary vendor lock-in. When will we see the same sensible decision being made in New Zealand?

Other related posts:
New Zealand's national broadcaster (TVNZ) discriminating against non-Windows users?
Microsoft Office to support ODF
OOXML gets ISO blessing - bad for all of us








Comment by William, on 20-Dec-2007 12:50

Awesome - I'd vote for that!!


Comment by Nick Matyas, on 8-Jan-2010 23:58

It's really an impressive posting. I liked it & think that it will be helpful for others. Keep up the good work. Good luck.

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