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