Making Data More Accessible

Mandate open formats in all government documents

The ability of citizens to read or fill out electronic documents from the government should *NOT* be dependent on their use of a particular company's office product. This is indirectly subsidizing said company by government fiat. All electronic documents from the government should be published in a vendor-neutral format fully supported by multiple companies and/or free software, to maximize the opportunity for citizen participation in the process. Examples would be PDF for read-only documents and the Open Document Format (ODF) for editable forms.

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