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Subject: GCT-Issue-1 (was GCT Issues Wiki page)

On 24/08/2011 16:13, Andreas J. Guelzow wrote:
> GCT-Issue-1:
> I fail to see how the suggestion described in
> http://www.oasis-open.org/apps/org/workgroup/office-collab/email/archives/201104/msg00024.html would solve this issue.
>  From a user perspective there is no obvious distinction between
> conforming ODF documents and extended-conforming ODF documents, nor are
> there any obvious markers inside the file other than that a consumer
> will suddenly encounter an element or attribute it does not expect.
It would make sense for there to be an indication in the document as to 
its status, conforming or non-conforming, to help the reader. A consumer 
of ODF could specify that it does not read extended-conforming 
documents, that would be clear and reasonable.

I am not sure what you mean by 'user' here. A producer of ODF documents 
could provide an output that is either conforming or 
extended-conforming. For example, if we compare two documents we could 
generate a result that ignored some changes and only listed those that 
were 'conforming'. Similarly an application that could track 
non-conforming changes could generate a conforming output. The reason 
for allowing extended-conforming is to allow development of 
interoperability within a constrained and defined framework.
> Typically extended-conforming documents can be sensibly read by ignoring
> the extension. One cannot sensibly read change tracking information by
> ignoring some of the change tracking info.
I would expect that an application that did not understand formatting 
changes, for example, could read a change-tracked document and ignore 
the format changes while at the same time understanding the text 
changes. Some intelligence in the reader may be needed to do this, but 
not too much.
> ..snip
> Andreas

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