Some discussion on the Open XML Document format..
Crunch time is an interesting one. Standards New Zealand are debating the adoption of the (Microsoft) Office Open XML Standard as a published International standard for documents.
As you're no doubt aware the Microsoft Word .doc format is a defacto document standard and has been since Microsoft Office won the lions share of the word processing market back in the mid 90s.
However, times have changed. .doc has become .docx (XML based) and Microsoft have created their 'open' standard and offered it to the world for international adoption.
The New Zealand Open Source Society has entered the fray. They have opposed the adoption of OOXML - with plenty of good reasons as described at the aforementioned link.
Then the discussion on Rod Drury's site was brought to my attention.
What people need to be aware of is that we're talking about something with potentially _big_ ramifications. At the moment its assumed by most people that we can all talk MS Word. (And, in fact, Open Office does this very well, at least up to the last .doc format pre .docx.) [Interestingly, recent dealings with IT recruitment agencies have involved me being asked to supply .doc format documents as opposed to what I sent - .pdf. I had to challenge this!]