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Submission + - Open standards proposed as compulsory in Norway

Norwegian Anonymous Coward writes: "In Norway a standards committee appointed by the government has proposed open standards in documents and web pages presented to the public by state and municipalities. In short, they want to make usage of PDF and ODF compulsory for document file types, and the character set ISO/IEC 10646, represented by UTF-8 for web pages. The minister overlooking usage of IT in government, Heidi Grande Røys, says that citizens should not have to rely on software from one supplier (Micros...) only when interacting with Norwegian autorities.

The documents are in Norwegian.

The IT-minister interviewed by Dagbladet (Norwegian newspaper) http://www.dagbladet.no/dinside/2007/05/11/500391. html

Proposal from the committee:
http://www.regjeringen.no/nb/dep/fad/dok/Horinger/ Horingsdokumenter/2007/Horing — ODF.html?id=466498 "

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