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Subject: Change tracking - collaboration - separation of concerns


I'm not at all sure we will reach change tracking/collaboration for ODF
1.4 but I have been reading / researching the issues relative to markup
and think we can greatly simplify the task before the TC.

As you may recall, there were numerous (endless?) discussions of how a
new paragraph would change the position of a current paragraph and what
happens to edits to the current paragraph and such.

I suggest we follow the separation of concerns adopted by our friends
over at ISO 29500 and find the reconciliation of collaborative edits
occurs ABOVE the level of markup.

The only responsibility of markup is to capture the state of RECONCILED
edits performed by an application.

What is exchanged between applications (one assumes the smallest part
possible) nor what applications do internally isn't our issue. All we
know is the result passed into markup from the application.

Separating that concern out, I suspect but don't know, that specifying
change tracking that mirrors or exceeds that in other applications is
eminently doable.

Not a formal issue, yet, but I wanted to test the waters on the issue of
separating concerns.

Hope everyone is having a great week!


Patrick Durusau
Technical Advisory Board, OASIS (TAB)
Editor, OpenDocument Format TC (OASIS), Project Editor ISO/IEC 26300
Co-Editor, ISO/IEC 13250-1, 13250-5 (Topic Maps)

Another Word For It (blog): http://tm.durusau.net
Homepage: http://www.durusau.net
Twitter: patrickDurusau 

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