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Subject: Re: [office-formula] Portable "documents"
Hi Patrick, On Wednesday, 2009-12-16 09:55:48 -0500, Patrick Durusau wrote: > Err, so if it is possible to re-phrase a "portable document" statement > as would be the case for minimum integer size (I like that example by > the way) that would no longer be a note but a normative requirement: > > evaluators shall support integers up to (some size). Evaluators may > support integers in excess of (some size). > > Making conformance a matter of supporting the minimal amount. Supporting > the larger amount is also conformance because it includes the lesser > amount. > > The question then becomes what do we require, if anything, of > applications that support larger amounts? Are those implementation > dependent or defined? There is no general answer. This may have to be decided on a case by case basis. The example of integer sizes is nice, but mostly isn't applicable to the cases where we talk of portable documents. > Perhaps it will be easier to reach a consensus or at least move in that > direction with the first couple of steps that you suggest above. Some of > the "portability" issues are likely to attract near universal consent, > like integer size. It may help us move more quickly than debating > "portability" in abstract. > > Unless Eike needs the text back to enter more of his technical > corrections, I can do them later, working off the list of issues with status Resolved, which will hopefully increase.. > I will start working on it along these lines. Will try to > upload a rough version by next Monday so everyone can see the > preliminary results. So that would include steps 1 and 2 of Michael's suggestions? As I wrote in my previous mail, replacing "document" with "expression" sometimes may be a bit precarious. Well, we'll see how that will turn out. Eike -- Automatic string conversions considered dangerous. They are the GOTO statements of spreadsheets. --Robert Weir on the OpenDocument formula subcommittee's list.