As of April next year, Danish state communication will be in open formats that
fulfill set principles for open standards.
After four years of discussion, Parliamentary parties have decided to use open
formats and to produce a list of acceptable document types.
A previous suggestion that this immediately precludes Microsoft's OOXML format
proves not to be the case.
“My ambition is that in the future we will only communicate using open
standards,” Science Minister Helge Sander told Parliament.
But he later rejected as 'ridiculous' media reports that the decision excluded
"Parties have agreed that document formats that fulfill determined
principles in 14 months time can be used by the state, wherever they come
from. The list of products will be continually added to," Sander says
in a news release.
Microsoft says in a news release that it is satisfied that criteria for open
formats have now been laid down.
"We are happy that the politicians have laid down criteria that the
ISO-approved OOXML format fulfills," says Microsoft Technology Director
Jasper Hedegaard Bojsen.
The criteria for open formats are said to include:
- Documented and public access.
- Freely implementable without economic, political or legal limitations in
implementation and use.
- Approval by an international standards organisation such as ISO and
standardised and maintained in an open forum in an open process.
- Demonstrable that the standard can be implemented by all directly in its
entirety on several platforms.
- Interoperability within functionality requirements with other standards on
According to Microsoft, the ISO standards organisation has approved both
the ODF and OOXML formats as open document standards. ISO is a global
network of national standards institutes from 157 countries. It has a
current portfolio of more than 17 000 standards for business, government and
According to the version2 website, a Norwegian report says that the OOXML
format is not open or stable enough yet. The Norwegian state has been using
ODF 1.1 since the New Year, but the report is said to say that ODF 1.2 is
not yet acceptable.
Initially, the decision to move over to open document standards in Denmark
will only affect national institutions. Councils and regions are expected to
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