the Commonwealth of Massachusetts has posted its final decision to use only
formats that conform to the Open Document format for office productivity
applications. "The bottom line is this: whose documents are they? Do
the people of Massachusetts have the right to control their own documents?
Does a governmental agency have the right to decide what software it wishes
to use, particularly if it believes it can save money? If it does, then all
the hue and cry is pointless. And the real issue, as Kriss pointed out, is
the issue of sovereignty, and the very important issues of access and
control not only now but also in the distant future.
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