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On 11/30/2013 10:44 AM, Urmas wrote:

...a free ODF compatible software (LO or other)

That's nonsense. There is the only one ODF software: OpenOffice and its clones. The entire format is built around the single application from a single vendor.

The ODF is an ISO format with the full specification published for anyone to use or implement. It is a recognized international standard. It use or lack of use by vendors (MS specifically) is another issue. If any national government wanted to force the issue they could mandate that default format(s) for any software is the appropriate international standard(s) for that type of file. If enough national governments mandate this then MS will change their tune and "enthusiastically" support the ODF standard.

Open, recognized standards, derived from one group or company's internal specifications are not that uncommon. The Material Safety Data Sheet specifications used by many governmental mandated safety programs was originally developed by Dow Chemical for their own internal use. Many US OSHA safety standards are actually industry standards adopted without change from the original (US) industry group best practices and some of these standards may have their origin in one company's practices.

Jay Lozier

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