Open Document Format Mandated by Belgian Government

Will eliminate proprietary formats

by / June 29, 2006
The BBC today reported that ODF or "Open Document Format" will be mandatory for Belgian federal government departments beginning in Sept. 2008. According to the report -- the source of which was the De Standaard Web site -- the move will eliminate proprietary formats, such as Microsoft Office, although Microsoft was reported to be considering an open standard that would be compatible with ODF.