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Subject: RE: [oiic-formation-discuss] Reference implementation. Layout perfect.

> To others in the group, I apologize if my comments seem rude, arrogant, or anything but genuine.  I only want to see the discussion stay focused on what I believe to be the primary goal:  to standardize the way documents are exchanged between similar programs.  Correct me if I am wrong, but isn't that what ODF is all about?

np. Fair points, seems like we're going in the same direction.
Nice to see a .gov on board!


Dave Pawson

Dave, and all:

 Just to reiterate, my opinions are my own and are in no way to be taken as officially sanctioned by my employers.  The fact that I am a government employee is merely incidental.  I PERSONALLY believe in the ODF.  I am actually risking my career by simply replying on the list, but I do believe that open standards like this one are very much in line with what we, as government employees, need to be able to do - exchange information.  Using proprietary formats, even widely accepted ones, can lead to major issues if those formats are abandoned.  I think there are a few people maintaining a Clipper program here, or a 'CoolGen' program there in my agency, and have no doubts that is the case in many government agencies.  I did want to point out that I have a perspective on the way things are done in government agencies, whether accurate or not.  At least the perspective of a file format user/developer/implementer.  Yes, I count myself amongst all three because at times, I may have to write out information in one format or another.  Currently, I do a lot of CSV files and TXT files, but there is no reason why some government agency or company will not send us a file or expect us to send a file to it in ODF some day.  Knowing what is in the standards is important for such interoperability.

Sorry if I confused anyone by posting from a government email address or by using my formal signature.

Garry L. Hurley Jr.
Application Developer 2
Office of Information Technology - Bureau of Application Development
PA Department of Labor & Industry
651 Boas Street, Harrisburg, PA 17121 
Phone: 717.506.9373 (UCMS) or 717.346.9799 (Harrisburg)  Fax: 717.506.0798  Mobile: 717.649.0597
www.dli.state.pa.us <http://www.dli.state.pa.us>

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