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Subject: Re: [oiic-formation-discuss] My perspective. display perferct?

"David Gerard" <dgerard@gmail.com> wrote on 06/30/2008 11:31:15 AM:

> You ignore this particular want at your peril and that of the
> application independence of ODF.
> In this case it's something definable. There should be at least a
> definition possible, outlining what's possible and not and why.

Been there, done that.  We had a thread called "Pixel Perfection" a while ago, where I outlined 4 basic classes of document formats: http://lists.oasis-open.org/archives/oiic-formation-discuss/200806/msg00188.html

There's your definitions.  ODF is not PDF.  And no amount of wishing by you and 6 billion other people will make it so.

I'd argue that aiming for pixel perfection imperils application independence even more, since it disadvantages non-desktop applications like PDA's, cell phones, web-based applications, etc.  It also makes a format much more difficult to manipulate, combine, split, mashup, etc.  

In order to be able to do some things you must be able not to do other things.  The lack of pixel perfection in ODF is one of its greatest strengths, IMHO.


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