The recently formed OpenDocument Format Alliance is expressing its
confidence that the file format will be approved by the International
Organization for Standardization next month.
The alliance, which was launched last month to promote the use of the
OpenDocument standard in governments, said this week that it has been lobbying
various organizations to ensure that the standard achieves ISO
"The ODF Alliance is now actively supporting adoption of the OpenDocument
Format as a worldwide standard of the International Organization for
Standardization (ISO) and the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC),"
the group said in a statement. "The ODF Alliance and its members have contacted
various national voting entities recommending approval and are optimistic of a
Andy Updegrove, a lawyer at Boston-based tech law firm Gesmer Updegrove, has
been closely following developments related to ODF in his Standards
Blog. He commented Wednesday that his sources are also optimistic that ISO
approval will be granted.
"From what I understand from other sources, a favorable vote, perhaps
involving the participation of an unusually high percentage of eligible members,
is not in doubt," he wrote.
certification is thought to be key to the wider adoption of the standard by
The alliance also announced this week that it has more than tripled in size
since its launch last month. It now has a total of 138 members, including
government bodies such as the city of Bloomington, Ind.; the National Archives
of Australia; and the city council of Bristol, U.K.
The OpenDocument format is supported by a number of productivity applications
including the open-source productivity suite OpenOffice 2.0, Sun's StarOffice 8
and IBM's Workplace software. Microsoft has declined support for the standard
and is instead hoping
to achieve ISO standardization for its Office Open XML file formats.
Last month, Microsoft joined
a group involved in the ISO standardization process for OpenDocument, but
claimed its presence in the group would have "no impact" on the voting.
Ingrid Marson of ZDNet UK reported from New York.