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Subject: pioneer effort in South America: ODF established as National Standard

ISO 26300 has been established as a National Standard in Ecuador as a
pioneer effort to libre <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Libre>standards in
South America.

Today ODF (OASIS Open Document Format for Office Applications) was approved
as ISO/INEN national standard by the Ecuadorian Standardization National
Institute (INEN) by the subcomitee in charge of its study.

ISO 26300 standard is the first standard related with libre software that is
approved in Ecuador. This way, the southamerican country becomes one of the
first to impulse libre formats.

Ecuador decreed as government policy the use of libre software in national
government agencies. It is a step forward in the advancement towards freedom
of knowledge in the area of software.

The standard is not mandatory, as is common with the majority of the
standards approved by the ecuadorian standards organism. Nevertheless, it is
relevant for the fact that it is approved after more than 5 months of
debate between members of the Free Software Asociation of Ecuador - ASLE,
Microsoft delegates (except for the final approval meeting) and of important
companies in the private and public (including the Secretary of Infortation
Technology of the Presidency of Ecuador).
Quiliro Ordóñez
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