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Subject: [OASIS Issue Tracker] Commented: (OFFICE-3361) ODF 1.2 Part 17.5.19 <text:meta-field> underspecified

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Michael Stahl  commented on OFFICE-3361:

> Since the content is implementation-dependent, I think there is little point in saying that the content might change.

i don't really think it is necessary to say that either, but for a completely different reason: it's a field, and that's how fields work.

> Only the implementation that created the content can work with it anyways.

well, as far a the ODF 1.2 spec is concerned that is true.
of course, users of the RDF metadata feature are free to standardize RDF schemas for specific application areas, and how to produce the content from that.
perhaps in a future version of ODF the TC could give its blessing to some such efforts that have worked out well in practice.

> ODF 1.2 Part 1 7.5.19 <text:meta-field> underspecified
> ------------------------------------------------------
>                 Key: OFFICE-3361
>                 URL: http://tools.oasis-open.org/issues/browse/OFFICE-3361
>             Project: OASIS Open Document Format for Office Applications (OpenDocument) TC
>          Issue Type: Bug
>          Components: Metadata, Needs Discussion, Public Review, Text
>    Affects Versions: ODF 1.2 CD 05
>            Reporter: Dennis Hamilton
>            Assignee: Patrick Durusau
>            Priority: Blocker
>             Fix For: ODF 1.2 CD 06
> This field, appears to be some sort of <text:span> with magical powers.  However, the following critical questions are not answered:
> (0) I have no idea what it means to say "generated upon existing metadata."
> (1) In the document, Is the content already generated and is that what the mixed content of the element is?  If the document is signed?
> (2) What are producers expected to deliver here if they deliver it?
> (3) What is a consumer expected to make of this when encountered?  May it simply be interpreted as a supply of mixed content at the place where it is an element child"
> (4) Is the xml:id for reference to the <text-meta-field> from outside of the document (e.g., by some tool that might be used to fill in the field?  How about by some tool that might want to extract it?  Are there any relationships with reference to the element from elsewhere in the same XML document?  Is this anything that a consumer needs to deal with in any way as part of consumption of the document as what it is?
> (5) I see nothing in the definition of <text:meta-field> that explains how it is a container for generated text and there is nothing that indicates anything special in terms of metadata.  There is nothing to let us pull.
> Since RDF does not "push," it only describes and points, how is generation expected to have been accomplished?  
> There is just not enough semantics to go with this to know what its field-ness is and what is based on?  

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