INDUSTRY PAPER

Document Management: Why the Format of Office Documents Matters to Your Business

The importance of ‘standard’ document formats is growing. This paper seeks to raise awareness of the development and increased use of new open document formats, and the implications these can have for businesses.

For managers needing to manage change

In recent years, there has been considerable activity and progress in open standards to enable access to the content of office documents. More and more office documents are now being stored in accessible XML formats.

This paper is aimed at managers who need to access information held in office documents, perhaps as part of a document management system, as part of a business process, or to exchange data between different office applications. With these new open standards for document formats, there are exciting opportunities for better integration in this area. Users need to be aware about what is available and what will be in the future, and the implications of these changes.

Read this industry paper to:

  • Explore What has been happening to standardise office document formats.
  • Review the benefits of open standards and what differentiates the different standards.
  • Understand the implications these standards have on accessing information in office documents.

Document Management: Why the format of office documents matters to your business

Industry Paper

The importance of ‘standard’ document formats is growing. This paper seeks to raise awareness of the development and increased use of new open document formats, and the implications these can have for businesses.

These developments in office document standards mean that where previously access to the content of office documents was difficult and required processing of proprietary formats, content is now increasingly available in formats defined by open standards and based on XML.

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