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Subject: #6.4 Errata comment - property vs. attribute

Re: http://lists.oasis-open.org/archives/office-comment/200808/msg00059.html

This comment resulted from some awkwardness around use of attribute versus

          ODF 1.0     IS 26300
Section   page line   page line

15.30.9   661  46     674  12

The original section has the following text:

15.30.9 Lines (line 44)

45: The chart:lines property determines whether connecting lines between
data points are
46: shown.  The line interpolation is determined by the chart:splines

Current change:
  1. "chart:splines" in line 46 is replaced by "chart:interpolation"
  2. The occurrence of "property" at the end of the paragraph is replaced by

  Make current change (1).  Leave "property" alone.  Work this over in 1.2
if appropriate.

Discussion and Rationale:

While it is appropriate to use the term attribute, it is not clear why this
change is made and no other occurrences of "property" in conjunction with
attribute names are changed, not even the one in line 45.  Furthermore,
chart:interpolation is defined under section 15.30.7 Line Chart Properties.
(Note the "chart:interplation" misspelling in the first line of that

My interpretation: Changing from "property" to "attribute" here suggests a
technical usage that has "attribute" be important here and not in other
places where property is used.  I suspect there is a technical difference
and that there needs to be a clear, consistent language around the use of
the two terms.  I don't think this is the time or place to draw attention to
that with incomplete changes.

 - Dennis

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From: robert_weir@us.ibm.com [mailto:robert_weir@us.ibm.com] 
Sent: Monday, August 25, 2008 10:24
To: Dennis E. Hamilton; Sheldon Britton; Dave Pawson;
Cc: office@lists.oasis-open.org; office-comment@lists.oasis-open.org; Mary
Subject: [office] ODF 1.0 Approved Errata 01 -- Public review comments

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The following comments were received during the ODF 1.0 Approved Errata 01 
document public review period:

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Dennis E. Hamilton: 

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