[en] stdlib: FSFLA's Workgroup for Free Open Standards

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Mar Mar 25 18:37:57 UTC 2008

FSFLA has launched a workgroup to promote the adoption of Free Open
Standards, including in international and Latin-American national
standardization bodies, and the rejection of non-standard file formats
and of proposals of standards that do not qualify as Free Open

We use Free Open Standards not in opposition to the wide adoption of
the term Open Standards, but rather as a means to clarify that we
refer to the forming consensus on the meaning of Open Standards:
standards that promote interoperability and prevent vendor lock-in.

The initial focus of our workgroup is on promoting the adoption of the
Open Document Format (ODF), ISO/IEC 26300:2006, including in national
standardization bodies and through the Document Freedom Day, and on
avoiding the adoption and ratification of other competing proposals,
such as Microsoft's Office OpenXML (OOXML), ECMA-376, ISO/IEC DIS 29500.

As of Sept 2, the world has managed to avoid OOXML's immediate
approval in ISO's Fast Track procedure, but there is still a risk of
approval after February's Ballot Resolution Meeting, in votes to be
cast up to March 29, 2008.

Please help us collect information in our Wiki about procedures in
national standardization bodies in Latin America, spread the
information and get as many people and organizations to join the
process such that Free Open Standards prevail.  Although ODF is
already approved and the decision on OOXML is very close, there are
other standards in discussion, such as the already-approved Portable
Document Format (PDF) and the alternative XPS proposed and promoted by

== About FSFLA

FSFLA joined in 2005 the FSF network, previously formed by Free
Software Foundations in the United States, in Europe and in India.
These sister organizations work in their corresponding geographies
towards promoting the same Free Software ideals and defending the same
freedoms for software users and developers, working locally but
cooperating globally.  For more information about FSFLA and to
contribute to our work, visit our web site at http://www.fsfla.org or
write to info en fsfla.org.

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