[Accessibility] OT: NISO Members Back ODF In MA

Janina Sajka janina at freestandards.org
Fri Jan 6 07:19:20 PST 2006

Came across the following and thought it worthy to share:

>From the NISO Newsline.  Issue at:

"US Libraries Back Massachusetts ODF Plan"
Computer Business Review (12/19/05)

In a letter to Massachusetts Secretary of State William Galvin, five
U.S. library associations backed the state's plan to adopt the
OpenDocument Format as the standard for all state office documents. The
decision, which would impose the standard on all such documents by
January 2007, has become the focus of a political controversy because of
Microsoft's decision not to back the Oasis-approved standard. In their
letter supporting Massachusetts' move, the library associations wrote,
"Documents created in ODF will remain accessible in the future because
any programmer will be able to find its open, non-proprietary
specifications. Requiring all Commonwealth employees to create documents
in ODF will make it significantly easier for libraries to ensure that
patrons 100 years from now will be able to read these historically
important documents." The five associations--the American Library
Association, the American Association of Law Libraries, the Association
of Research Libraries, the Medical Library Association, and the Special
Libraries Association--have also urged Oasis to work to make sure ODF
provides accessibility for the disabled.



: The American Library Association, American Association of Law
Libraries, Association of Research Libraries, Medical Libraries
Association, and Special Libraries Association are NISO voting members.


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