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Attachments in Proprietary Formats Considered Harmful
Explains the risks of exchanging data in non-public format and suggests the main alternatives.
Avoid E-Mail Attachments, Especially Microsoft Word
Short document with instructions to ms-word users on alternatives they can use for document exchange.
Build Systems, Not Companies, on Open Standards
Without standards , every job is a one-off , and vendor lock-in is assured after the first project. open standards are the beating heart of e-business , without which concepts like intranets and business-to-business commerce would not be practical on a mass
Burn All GIFs
Campaign for replacing the (formerly) patent-encumbered gif format by open standard graphics. since the gif formats has become patent-free , the site advocates against software patents.
Business Case for Open Standards
Paper investigating economical issues related to the diffusion of public standards.
Content Management and Edit Data Exchange
Article on formats interoperability in audio and video content.
Cover Pages: Patents and Open Standards
Investigates the effects of patent proliferation and criticizes reasonable and non-discriminatory license terms (rand) for patented technologies.
Death to Proprietary Word Formats
Argues in favor of using html instead of proprietary word formats.
Linux Standard Base
The goal of the linux standard base (lsb) is to develop and promote a set of standards that will increase compatibility among linux distributions and enable software applications to run on any compliant linux system.
LinuxLab - Open Standards
Argues in favor of patent-free standards and suggests recommended formats for different kinds of content.
MS-Word Is Not a Document Exchange Format
Explains the appropriate use of document formats and argues against the use of word attachments.
No Proprietary Binary Data Formats
Why not use proprietary formats and what are the main open alternatives.
Open Data Format Initiative
Initiative aiming to convince software companies to release data format documentation and to pass laws that governments can only store user data in open format. presents its manifesto , forum , news , links to institutional resolutions.
Open Design Alliance
An association of cad customers and vendors committed to promoting open , industry-standard formats for the exchange of cad data. hisotry , members , faq , and published papers.
Open Interoperative Document Initiative
Supports efforts by governments at all levels to ensure public documents are open and interoperable and thus available without the need for proprietary software. includes resources and details of how to get involved.



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