"Quinn said state offices could continue to use Microsoft Office by adding additional software that would save data in the OpenDocument format instead of in Microsoft's format. He also said embracing the OpenDocument standard would make state documents more accessible to the public."While state officials work on determining which format to standardize on, they should take a look at a file format called txt, commonly know as a text file.
What good are state documents, stored in MS Office format or OpenDocument format, when they are saved on office worker's hard disks?
No good at all.
If the goal is to make state documents more accessible to the public, how about putting them up on the web?
Wikipedia - Summary of the Massachusetts Microsoft Office / OpenDocument story.