Following hotly in the heels of the German and French governments, Denmark is the latest country to punch another hole into the balloon of Microsoft. Their parliament has voted to switch to the use of Open Document Format from April next year.
“After four years of work, the parties have agreed that the State from April next year [should] use the open format, ODF when exchanging documents state as text documents or spreadsheets.”
This is a welcome news to proponents of open formats like myself because I think the use of Microsoft’s formats only help to cement their stranglehold on the market. It should also serve to boost the campaign for the use of open formats and applications among other European member states.
The OpenDocument Format (ODF) is an XML-based file format for representing electronic documents such as spreadsheets, charts, presentations and word processing documents. It is independent of any one application and thus can be viewed and edited using any of the numerous word processing suites out there.