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Subject: Re: [office] regarding proposal for enhanced OOo input fields

Hi Patrick,

Patrick Durusau wrote:
> Oliver,
> It is good news that there will be a more generalized mechanism.
> I would like to see the proposal before agreeing that it is too big a 
> change to appear in ODF 1.2.

Yes, we (Florian Reuter and myself) are planning to work out the feature 
request and the corresponding proposal in the next weeks. We are hoping, 
that we can present it at the end of February.

> I think there is an expectation for an enhanced input field. Would it be 
> possible to separate that out from the larger proposal such that a later 
> version of ODF could simply extend it to become part of the more general 
> mechanism?

I think we can answer this question, when we have our proposal. 
Personally, I'm open to extract the part for "enhanced OOo input field" 
for ODF 1.2, if it is possible and makes sense.

> I guess that discussion will have to wait until more detail about the 
> proposal is known.

Yes. Thus, the tension is growing on your side ;-)

> Hope you are having a great day!
> Patrick

Regards, Oliver.

> Oliver-Rainer Wittmann - Software Engineer - Sun Microsystems wrote:
>> Dear TC members,
>> in the last days I was working on a proposal for the feature request for
>> enhanced OOo input fields.
>> I have been discussing this proposal with certain OpenOffice.org
>> developers from Sun and Novell, especially Florian Reuter, who already
>> is been working on an implementation for OpenOffice.org.
>> The discussions revealed that in the future there will be similar
>> feature requests to ODF for further OpenOffice.org fields - existing
>> ones and new ones.
>> Background of these future enhancements of the OpenOffice.org fields
>> functionality are:
>> - OpenOffice.org community requests for enhancement.
>> - usability issues.
>> - issues to improve interoperability of OpenOffice.org text documents
>> with Microsoft Word documents.
>> We, mainly Florian Reuter and myself, came to the conclusion, that it
>> would be better to have a more general feature in ODF to fulfill these
>> requests for OpenOffice.org. We also think that it does not make sense
>> to have now a feature in ODF, which fulfills the enhancements for one of
>> OpenOffice.org fields, namely the enhanced OOo input field.
>> Thus, we want to draw back the feature request/proposal for enhanced OOo
>> input fields for the moment.
>> But, we are planning to come up with a more general request in the next
>> weeks. Because of its nature this request won't be a minor feature
>> enhancement for ODF. Thus, we think, that it will be nothing for ODF
>> 1.2, but for the following version of ODF.
>> Regards, Oliver.

Sun Microsystems GmbH    Oliver-Rainer Wittmann
Nagelsweg 55             Software Engineer - OpenOffice.org/StarOffice
20097 Hamburg
http://www.sun.de        mailto:oliver-rainer.wittmann@sun.com
Sitz der Gesellschaft:
Sun Microsystems GmbH, Sonnenallee 1, D-85551 Kirchheim-Heimstetten
Amtsgericht Muenchen: HRB 161028
Geschaeftsfuehrer: Thomas Schroeder, Wolfgang Engels, Dr. Roland Boemer
Vorsitzender des Aufsichtsrates: Martin Haering

Oliver-Rainer Wittmann (od) - OpenOffice.org Writer
OpenOffice.org Engineering at Sun: http://blogs.sun.com/GullFOSS

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