Assemblyman Mark Leno has introduced AB 1668 that requires that state agencies “become equipped to accept all documents in an open, XML-based file format for office applications, and shall not adopt a file format used by only one entity.”

Similar bills are in play in Texas and Minnesota, and certainly other states are considering such legislation. Apparently Microsoft’s OpenXML document standard is still a little too proprietary for everyone to stomach, though the creation of plugins for OpenXML/ODF for Microsoft Office and OpenOffice.org might help.

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