Should Malaysia adopt ODF as a nationwide standard, it would be at least the second national government to do so. Three weeks ago, Belgium became the first country to offically embrace ODF and then, a few days later, the Danish government announced it would be piloting ODF later this year as a part of Denmark’s larger initiative to move to open standards. France is also looking into ODF. Earlier this year in May, that country’s General Repository for Interoperability (RGI) proposed ODF as the recommended format the files generated by office productivity applications. Brazil could also turn into an ODF stronghold with several organizations including its Ministry for Health, Banco de Brazil, and the National Institute for Information Technology either embracing the standard or showing support for it by joining the ODF Alliance.
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