ISO 26300

My colleague in our international standards team writes:

the OASIS Open Document Format spec is now an international standard. Its designation is ISO/IEC 26300. It passed without oppostion. (There were a few abstentions.) There was very broad support worldwide.

This is a landmark moment for the Free/Open Source Software movement. An innovation that started there - the OpenDocument family of file formats - has been reviewed, adopted and now endorsed at the highest level as an international standard. We now have a standard for productivity documents that is recognised by governments (there is a little more bureaucracy to handle, as Andy Updegrove reports, but the standard is official).

If we wish, we can now draw a base-line across the productivity tools market and tell our suppliers we will not tolerate further competition and lock-in below that line. Innovation above that line is desirable - expected, even - but attempts to force upgrade, lock out competition, control my own use of my own data, are all now unacceptable. We have the tools of freedom in our hands. Time to use them.

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