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Subject: Re: [office] Conforming OpenDocument Text Document, etc.

On 03/16/09 14:44, robert_weir@us.ibm.com wrote:
> Michael.Brauer@Sun.COM wrote on 03/16/2009 05:52:47 AM:
>>  From a pure technical perspective, I would say that the name of a file 
>> is a property of the file system rather than of the file itself, and 
>> that we in a definition of a file format can only set up requirements 
>> for properties or content of the files.
> OK.  I can see that.
>> My suggestion therefore is that we include the recommendation to use odt 
>> as extension (or ott in case of a template), but turn this into a 
>> informal note.
> Informal note or a "should"? 

An informal note works in any case. Whether a (normative) should works 
depends on whether a "should" may depend on something where the user 
decides whether the requirement is met or not.

> On the TC we already see the problem in practice.  Kavi does not seem to 
> be aware of the ODF mimetypes, and if we do not set the file name 
> correctly, when we download from our own document repository some 
> documents come down as *.bin files which Windows does not associate with 
> any editor.  Sure, I can figure it out -- save, rename, etc.  But to the 
> average user this is very confusing. The point of having consistent file 
> extensions is it works well whether your server is configured properly or 
> not.

That is all correct, and we should encourage vendors as well as users to 
use the extensions we have specified in the MIME type registration. We 
only should not make this part of any conformance requirements.

> -Rob
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