More US states mull OpenDocument move

Sunday, February 11, 2007

Minnesota and Texas may become the next US states to adopt the OpenDocument Format (ODF) as the required standard for their agencies, thanks to two state bills currently up for vote.

The Minnesota Preservation of State Documents Act, if passed,
would require that all documents "including text, spreadsheets
and presentations" of the state be created in ODF. The XML-based
document format is a rival to Microsoft's Office technology.



The one-page bill, HF0176, was introduced to the state's
legislative Committee on Governmental Operations, Reform,
Technology and Elections on January 17 by Representative Paul Thissen.
Representatives Melissa Hortman and Steve Simon, later joined as co-authors
of the bill.



If it passes the vote, Minnesota Preservation of State
Documents Act will go into effect on July 1, 2008.



The Texas bill SB 446, authored by state Senator Juan Hinojosa,
was filed with the state Senate on February 5. That act, if
passed, would take effect on December 1, 2007, but agencies would
be given until September 1, 2008 to comply.

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