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  5. <title>Joint statement : Maximising inclusiveness and engagement
  6. through the use of Open Standards in the European Commission</title>
  7. </head>
  8. <body>
  9. <h1>Joint statement : Maximising inclusiveness and
  10. engagement through the use of Open Standards in the European Commission</h1>
  11. <p>Today is Document Freedom Day, the international
  12. day to celebrate and raise awareness of Open Standards. On this
  13. occasion, we would like to reflect on the importance for public
  14. institutions in general, and for the European Commission in
  15. particular, considering its leadership role, of using Open Standards
  16. in all their digital communication and services.
  17. </p>
  18. <p>
  19. <a href="/activities/os/def.en.html">Open
  20. Standards</a> are formats and protocols which everybody can use, free
  21. of charge and restriction, for which no specific software from a
  22. particular vendor is required. They are essential for interoperability
  23. and freedom of choice based on the merits of different software
  24. applications. For a public institution such as the European
  25. Commission, this is especially important because every EU citizen and
  26. company should have the right to communicate and interact with its
  27. administration using Open Standards exclusively, and not be forced to
  28. install and use software from any specific vendor. That is why we take
  29. this opportunity of Document Freedom Day, to voice our concerns on the
  30. improper use of standards in the context of applying for EU
  31. programmes.
  32. </p>
  33. <p>
  34. Nowadays, when applying for most EU programmes, applicants are
  35. typically required to fill in PDF forms that use elements only implemented
  36. in proprietary software from a particular vendor (Adobe), software that is
  37. currently not available on all platforms. This is a problem for many
  38. applicants who end up bereft of choice or excluded from the process
  39. altogether. It does not have to be this way, especially when a number of efficient
  40. alternatives exist that are entirely based on Open Standards. Generally,
  41. we would advise against the use of PDF for online forms, and would
  42. instead recommend solutions based Open Web Standards like HTML5 and
  43. XForms. With this joint statement, we call on the European Commission to
  44. address this situation and ensure that all interactions with the public can
  45. be performed entirely using Open Standards, thereby ensuring maximum
  46. inclusiveness and freedom of choice for all European citizens.
  47. </p>
  48. <p>
  49. Signatories :
  50. </p>
  51. <p>
  52. Jean-Christophe Becquet,
  53. President,
  54. April
  55. </p>
  56. <p>
  57. Karsten Gerloff,
  58. President,
  59. Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE)
  60. </p>
  61. <p>
  62. Andreas Krisch,
  63. President,
  64. European Digital Rights (EDRi)
  65. </p>
  66. <p>
  67. Graham Taylor,
  68. CEO,
  69. OpenForum Europe (OFE)
  70. </p>
  71. <p>
  72. Peter Ganten,
  73. Chairman of the board,
  74. Open Source Business Alliance (OSBA)
  75. </p>
  76. </body>
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