FSFE comments on UK proposal on document formats

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 = FSFE comments on UK proposal on document formats =

[Read online: http://fsfe.org/news/2014/news-20140226-01.fi.html]

FSFE has submitted comments[1] on a proposal by the UK government to use
only document formats based on Open Standards[2] in future.

"We applaud the UK government for its focus on competition and
openness", says Karsten Gerloff, FSFE's President. "This proposal is an
example to other governments on how to do it right."

The UK government has proposed to rely exclusively on open document
formats for newly created documents. Each of the proposed standards
(HTML, ODF, TXT, CSV) addresses a different technical need. These
recommendations are based on an extensive study of user needs among the
government's staff.

"We are delighted that the UK government is using Free Software and Open
Standards in a strategic fashion. Their approach will likely increase
competition among suppliers, make public sector IT more efficient, and
reduce costs," says Gerloff.

 1. http://standards.data.gov.uk/comment/865#comment-865
 2. http://fsfe.org/activities/os/def.en.html

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