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The Document Foundation congratulates the UK government for their revolutionary and historic choice of open document standards

Filed under: Standards — italovignoli @ 07:00

UK citizens will be the first in Europe to be liberated from proprietary lock-ins

Berlin, July 23, 2014 – The Document Foundation (TDF) congratulates the UK government for the selection of the Open Document Format (ODF), in addition to Portable Document Format (PDF), to meet user needs. LibreOffice, the free office suite developed by TDF, supports both ODF – the native document format – and PDF (including PDF/A).

The original UK government press release is here: In addition, the UK government has published a policy paper with more details:

“TDF has always been a strong supporter of ODF, and a believer in open document standards”, says Thorsten Behrens, TDF Chairman. “July 22 will be a date to remember, as the culmination of a dream inaugurated when ODF become a ISO standard on November 30, 2006. By standardizing on ODF and PDF, the UK government is showing the world that it is entirely possible to find a way out of proprietary formats to enhance user freedom”.

LibreOffice is a reference implementation of ODF, a document standard which is supported by a growing number of applications (including proprietary ones). ODF is independently managed by OASIS (, a non-profit consortium that drives the development, convergence and adoption of open standards for the global information society.

To leverage the advantages of ODF, you can download LibreOffice from the following link: Extensions and templates to supplement the installation of the software and add specific features can be found here:

Complementing ODF, LibreOffice manages Hybrid PDF files, which combine the advantages of PDF and ODF by embedding a fully editable ODF document into a PDF without breaking any of the standard characteristics of both formats.


  1. Nice to hear! :)

    Comment by Rimas — 2014/07/24 @ 07:10

  2. […] On Tuesday the news that the UK Government had decided to use ODF as its official and default file format started to spread. The full announcement with technical details may be found here; the Document Foundation published its press release on Thursday morning there. […]

    Pingback by What the UK Government’s adoption of ODF really means — 2014/07/24 @ 10:27

  3. Similar story of another Government empowering its people: ”
    Kerala Legislature moves to open source software; LibreOffice

    The Kerala Legislative Assembly (Niyamsabha) has shifted to free and open software, following the expiry of support period to Windows XP.

    It has also started producing all its documentation, both digital and printed materials, using the free and open source office suite LibreOffice from yesterday (July 17, 2014).”

    Comment by paul2012 — 2014/07/24 @ 10:53

  4. the post title should use the word ‘historic’ rather than ‘historical

    Comment by a pedant — 2014/07/26 @ 15:06

  5. […] The Document Foundation congratulates the UK government for their revolutionary and historical choic… […]

    Pingback by Groklaw Back in the Wake of ODF in the UK? | Techrights — 2014/07/26 @ 16:08

  6. UK Government is also paying Microsoft to extend WinXP support …it decided not to go Opensource on Operating Systems.
    So while it is saving money on OpenDocs it is paying Microsft for continued WinXP support :-(

    Comment by JustDave — 2014/08/01 @ 10:29

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