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Subject: Re: [office] Groups - Comparison of default styles (default-styles.ods) uploaded

I think that the most common units should be supported in the format.
I not sure that it should be necessary for folks generating documents
to have to make sure they are doing appropriate unit conversions.
However, I could be convinced either way.


On Wed, Mar 26, 2008 at 1:49 AM, Michael Brauer - Sun Germany - ham02
- Hamburg <Michael.Brauer@sun.com> wrote:
> Ming Fei Jia wrote:
>  > It seems most of values use "in" instead of "cm" as unit for length.
>  You are right. But at least in OpenOffice.org, the measurement unit that
>  is used in ODF depends on the measurement unit that is selected for the
>  UI. If measures are displayed in inch, then the unit that is used in ODF
>  is "in". If measures are displayed in "cm", then "cm" are used in ODF.
>  That means that it depends on the unit setting in the UI that was
>  active when saving the defaults whether they are stored in inch or cm.
>  We could also use only inch, or only cm, if we want.
>  So, the question is actually what the preferred measurement unit for an
>  international standard would be, or if there is such a preference at all.
>  Related to this is the question whether and how we define defaults for
>  those properties that may have locale dependent values. I have suggested
>  already that we don't specify defaults for the page size, because there
>  are at least Legal and A4 paper dimensions. Assuming A4 as default won't
>  work very well for countries that usually use only Legal paper, and vice
>  versa. However, there seem to be several properties that depend on the
>  paper dimensions. Like the margins, where I assume that other margins
>  are reasonable for a Legal page than for an A4 page. The same applies to
>  the dimensions of headers and footers. And even for the default tab stop
>  distance I believe that another values is reasonable for countries that
>  use the metric system than for those that use English units.
>  Best regards
>  Michael
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