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Reject proprietary formats! Pledge to use OpenDocument!

by Matt Lee Contributions Published on Mar 29, 2010 03:10 PM
The files created by Microsoft Office and Apple's iWork are not created in OpenDocument format -- instead, Microsoft and Apple control the formats their software create -- leaving users worldwide at their mercy, and with a string of incompatible documents.

You can make a difference!

By rejecting all files created in Microsoft Office and Apple iWork, you can send a strong message to your friends, colleagues and businesses that you do not support the actions of these companies.

By rejecting these files, you can open a friendly dialog with the person, and ask them to support a free society by using a free format like OpenDocument.

Getting started

The easiest thing to do, is to simply refuse to open any documents created with Microsoft Office and Apple iWork, and then to send a short, friendly email to whoever sent you the document, asking them to send it again in OpenDocument format -- and because OpenOffice.org is free software, everyone in the world can create and read OpenDocuments without restriction of instrusive and expensive software licenses.

Why I'm rejecting your email attachment

We've created a few examples for you, but you will have more success if you write one or two reponses yourself, customizing them to the audience in question. For example, writing a less formal and more jokey response to a member of your close family, while remaining polite and professional to your boss and other colleagues. Please add your ideas for a great response.

Watch a video (thanks Lenny) about the dangers of Microsoft OOXML

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Other things you can do

  • If you have a website with your resume or curriculum vitae -- make sure you provide it in OpenDocument format, instead of Microsoft or Apple specific formats. Providing a PDF copy is also good, and OpenOffice.org lets you easily export any document to PDF as well.
  • Promote OpenDocument in your email signature by adding a line like:

    "Please do not send me Microsoft Office/Apple iWork documents. Send OpenDocument instead! http://fsf.org/campaigns/opendocument/"

  • Contact websites which provide files in Microsoft/Apple formats and ask them to support OpenDocument instead.

  • Our OpenDocuments Facts page can help you dispel myths about OpenDocument, as well as provide you with responses to people who unfairly criticize OpenDocument.

  • Read Richard Stallman's article, We can put an end to Word attachments
  • Say No to OOXML

Read this in Russian.

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