South Africa adopts ODF as a national standard
The South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) on Friday approved the Open Document Format (ODF) as an official national South African standard.
Aslam Raffee, chief information officer at DST, says that the deadlines for ODF adoption in government have already been set and are underway. The initial deadline was March this year for government department to be able to read documents in ODF format. By September it is expected that all departments will be able to read and write in the Open Document Format. Finally, in 2009, ODF will become the default document format for South African government departments.