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Subject: Re: [oiic-formation-discuss] The importance to users of documents looking the same

2008/6/18 Sam Johnston <samj@samj.net>:
> I've been thinking more about this suggestion (which if I recall correctly
> can be traced back to marbux) and the idea is growing on me, though it might
> want to be expanded to other standard formats/mime types too, like image/png
> for thumbnails, or text/plain for search. One could even have, for example,
> text/xml if one wanted to embed raw form data (eg SEC filings)... though
> there may be other more clever ways to achieve this.
> Essentially we will have a scale with raw data editing at one end (eg form
> filler that spits out ODF) and typesetting at the other (eg pagemaker), with
> most falling in between (OOo, MS Office). The problem is that the embedded
> PDF representation will depend on the implementation, so taking a beautiful
> document carefully laid out in pagemaker and changing one character in OOo
> could cause a train wreck... I think a good way to position this feature is
> essentially 'PDF with source code' - if you touch it with the same
> implemtentation of the same or greater version then you can edit away, but
> if you open it in anohter it might want to save a copy for you.

How might that be tested against current ODF standards Sam?

Whilst nice to have and quite probably / possibly expected
I don't think it's viable with the current standards.


Dave Pawson

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