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Subject: embedding images in ODF

When adding an image into an ODF document using Lotus Symphony I noticed that the manifest contains the following information:


<manifest:file-entry manifest:media-type="" manifest:full-path="Pictures/2000006A00000E3F0000107325797BF2.wmf"/>

 <manifest:file-entry manifest:media-type="" manifest:full-path="Pictures/2000067F0000136800001363D5B042F0.wmf"/>


Two things can be noticed here. First the file name was mangled into a GUID like structure, while that is technically unnecessary. Next, and even more amazing, is that the media-type is left unspecified. The only way I can now recognize this image as a WMF, is to use the file extension. This poses unnecessary difficulties for processing applications. Given my guess that Symphony generates conformant ODF, the spec should be adapter to require the media-type attribute when a decent value can be chosen.


Proposed changes:

-          Demand that file names are not mangled when embedding into a package.

-          Demand that media-types be specified whenever possible (WMF is surely possible)


Best regards,


Wouter van Vugt
MVP Visual Studio Tools for Office




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