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Malaysia goes ODF

The Malaysian government looks set to adopt the OpenDocument Format (ODF) as the standard document format for the country, according to a US-based group campaigning in favour of the free XML file format.

The ODF Alliance said Malaysia’s standards body voted last month to propose ODF as a country standard, following the recognition in May by the International Organisation For Standardisation (ISO) of ODF as an international standard.

After a public comment period that ends in October, Malaysia’s Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation is expected to formally endorse ODF by year’s end for use by the public sector.

Supporters argue ODF is a better alternative to ensuring long-term accessibility to information than proprietary formats on the market.

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