The Open Standards team was asked 4 years ago by the Open Standards Board to help government publish documents in a more open, transparent and accessible way. We’ve since made progress in achieving these objectives but we still have more work to do.
This blog focuses on how far we’ve come in our mission to make Open Document Format (ODF) the default standard for editable documents. ODF is not intended to replace read-only documents like PDFs, so we have not included PDF usage in our statistics below.
The problem with government documents
The original problem facing government was that too many documents were published in a closed format. These documents appear corrupted when opened in a web-based editor, as shown below.
Close format documents are not always open to usersWe started by promoting the use of Open Document Format
We knew that our users wanted to read and edit documents on a wide range