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  5. <title>FSFE comments on UK proposal on document formats</title>
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  8. <h1>FSFE comments on UK proposal on document formats</h1>
  9. <p>FSFE has
  10. submitted <a href="http://standards.data.gov.uk/comment/865#comment-865">comments</a>
  11. on a proposal by the UK government to use only document formats based
  12. on <a href="/activities/os/def.en.html">Open Standards</a>
  13. in future.
  14. </p>
  15. <p>
  16. "We applaud the UK government for its focus on competition and
  17. openness", says Karsten Gerloff, FSFE's President. "This proposal is
  18. an example to other governments on how to do it right."
  19. </p>
  20. <p>
  21. The UK government has proposed to rely exclusively on open document
  22. formats for newly created documents. Each of the proposed standards
  23. (HTML, ODF, TXT, CSV) addresses a different technical need. These
  24. recommendations are based on an extensive study of user needs among
  25. the government's staff.
  26. </p>
  27. <p>
  28. "We are delighted that the UK government is using Free Software and
  29. Open Standards in a strategic fashion. Their approach will likely
  30. increase competition among suppliers, make public sector IT more
  31. efficient, and reduce costs," says Gerloff.
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