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Massachusetts adopts Open XML

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The commonwealth of Massachusetts has officially thrown its weight behind Microsoft's Office Open XML format along with the OASIS Open Document Format.

The decision was included in Massachusetts’s ratification of its Enterprise Technical Reference Model (ETRM) 4.0, which had been out for public review since July 2 and garnered 460 comments from individuals and organizations.

“The Commonwealth continues on its path toward open, XML-based document formats without reflecting a vendor or commercial bias in ETRM v4.0,” wrote Henry Dormitzer, undersecretary of administration and finance in Massachusetts’s Department of Revenue, in a posting on Massachusetts’s Information Technology Division Web site.

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