OOXML not suitable for Norwegian government, says study

Microsoft’s XML-based office document format, OOXML, does not meet the requirements for governmental use, according to a new report published by the Norwegian Agency for Public Management and eGovernment (DIFI).

The agency wants to start a debate over the report as part of its work on standards in the Norwegian government.

For the Norwegian government, PDF is the recommended file format for publishing noneditable files, while Open Document Format (ODF), the native file format of productivity suites including the open-source OpenOffice.org, is the recommended format for publishing editable files. Versions of PDF, ODF and OOXML have all been adopted as international standards by the International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO).

Microsoft hopes that OOXML, the file format used in recent versions of Microsoft Office and saved as file type docx, will get back on the Norwegian government’s list.

DIFI’s report was written by Hypatia, a Norwegian consultancy specialising in standardisation and software accessibility. Continue reading.

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