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[ossig] ODF Alliance Congratulates Malaysia on Preliminary Designation ofODF as Malaysian Standard



>From http://www.openmalaysiablog.com/2006/07/odf_alliance_co.html :

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ODF Alliance just issued a press release: ODF Alliance Congratulates
Malaysia on Preliminary Designation of OpenDocument Format as Malaysian
Standard - Also Welcomes Bristol City Council (U.K) as Membership Grows
to nearly 280 Members in 43 Countries [1]

Excerpt from the press release:

        Washington, DC, July 27, 2006 -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 news from Malaysia continues momentum towards ODF that we
        are seeing around the globe," said Marino Marcich, Executive
        Director of the ODF Alliance. "For instance, France and Belgium
        have recently identified ODF as the kind of open format on which
        they would standardize. Denmark and Norway have recently
        indicated that they are moving toward using software based on
        open standards, and India is also piloting deployments of ODF
        software within governmental departments.

[1] http://www.odfalliance.org/press/AllianceRelease27July06.pdf

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Ditesh


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