OOXML reconsidered for e governance

the Department of Information Technology (dit) has drafted a fresh policy on open standards for e-governance. The new draft may lead to a reconsideration of the department's earlier decision to reject Microsoft's document format, ooxml, as an open standard format. The draft has provision for multiple standards, which can allow ooxml, used to save digital documents, to be accepted as a standard open format, besides the existing open document format (odf) developed by the Open Document Alliance group.

Earlier, a committee was constituted to prepare an initial draft policy, which was submitted in December 2007. The draft said that a domain should have a single open standard. The Bureau of Indian Standards (bis) rejected ooxml as a standard document format in March 2008 (see

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