It's a few days late, but happy first birthday to the ODF Alliance. The Alliance was formed last March (Novell is a founding member) with the goal of encouraging the adoption of the ODF document format by governments and public sector organizations worldwide. In a press release put out on Tuesday, the Alliance highlighted some of the key developments on the ODF front over the last year. Lifting from the press release:
- 7 national governments have recommended ODF or open standards for document formats in legislation, policy statements or interoperability frameworks including Belgium, Brazil, Croatia, Denmark, France, Germany, and Norway.
- 4 regional governments have made, or are in the process of implementing, pro-ODF policy commitments, including Extremadura (Spain), Hong Kong (China), Massachusetts (USA), and Misiones (Argentina).
- More than 50 federal, state, and local bodies across the globe are using office applications that support ODF, including the India Election Commission, Finland's Ministry of Justice, and the City of Vienna.
The Alliance also highlights ISO approval, accessibility enhancements, costs savings proof points, and application support as important gains for ODF over the last year.
Novell continues to be a big supporter of ODF and the OpenOffice.org project, and we ship OpenOffice with SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 10. Congrats to the ODF Alliance on turning 1, and keep up the good work.