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Subject: Re: [office] A few thoughts on ODF change tracking

robert_weir@us.ibm.com wrote:
> Patrick Durusau <patrick@durusau.net> wrote on 09/21/2010 04:19:20 PM:
>>> It is a non-goal for me to make everyone happy.  It is clear that for 
>>> every person who will say, "Why did you approve ODF 1.2 without X?" 
> there 
>>> is another person already asking, "Why is taking you so long to 
> complete 
>>> ODF 1.2 so we can have Y?"
>> True, but "we don't have to please everyone" isn't a mantra that is
>> going to win many friends. 
>> Maybe what we do in practice but better to appear gracious and
>> interested in feature requests. 
> I certainly am appreciative of feature requests, especially ones like the 
> change tracking proposal that came with substantial detail.  But I'm even 
> more appreciative of feature requests that arrived before the agreed upon 
> deadline for new features in ODF 1.2, a date that was over a year ago.
> Note that it is not that I am not interested in new proposals.  It is only 
> that I am not interested in new proposals for this release, since new 
> proposals at this point can only be considered if we delay the approval 
> and publication of the enhancements and improvements we have already made 
> to ODF, items that also have their own constituencies clamoring for them. 
> So new proposals at this point, naturally end up being deferred to the 
> next release. 

> If you, or anyone else, has a counter-proposal, I'm all ears.
> As for not pleasing everyone, the OASIS rules are quite clear.  The 
> highest level of approval we need is to get the Committee Specification 
> approved.  That requires 2/3 approval with no more than 25% disapproving. 
> Higher approval is better, but adding new features doesn't automatically 
> increase your numbers.  For example, I'm likely to automatically vote 
> against any proposal to add new features at this late stage that do not 
> already have two or more interoperable implementations from TC members. So 
> I think it is clear that you cannot make everyone happy. 

That's also an important point.

>> And having a future schedule when features will appear would not be a
>> bad thing. 
> All JIRA issues have a "due date" field that JIRA editors can set.  So 
> anyone is welcome to adopt a feature in ODF-Next, assign it to themselves 
> and set the due date.
> I'm hoping we set more of a regular schedule for the next release and the 
> exactly features that go into that release will depend on TC member's 
> interests and priorities.  Taking ownership of an issue and committing to 
> a due date are ways of expressing interest and priority.
> -Rob
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