Thursday, March 30, 2017

Document Freedom Day

Document Freedom Day, Metamora Herald

Wednesday, March 29 was Document Freedom Day. It's a day to promote Open Standards.

An Open Standard refers to a format or protocol that is:
  • Subject to full public assessment and use without constraints in a manner equally available to all parties;
  • Without any components or extensions that have dependencies on formats or protocols that do not meet the definition of an Open Standard themselves;
  • Free from legal or technical clauses that limit its utilization by any party or in any business model;
  • Managed and further developed independently of any single supplier in a process open to the equal participation of competitors and third parties;
  • Available in multiple complete implementations by competing suppliers, or as a complete implementation equally available to all parties.
  • What Open Standards mean to you

Open Standards ensure that you can:
  • Collaborate and communicate with others, regardless of which software they are using
  • Upgrade or replace your apps and still be able to open and edit your old files
  • Choose which phone / tablet / computer you want to use without worrying about compatibility
Open Standards ensure that society has:
  • More competitive software and tech products
  • More efficient governmental systems and services
  • More accessible high-end software for innovation and experimentation

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