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Subject: RE: [opendocument-users] New question (2): Referenceimplementation?

Thank you, Rob.  That answers my question.


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-----Original Message-----
From: robert_weir@us.ibm.com [mailto:robert_weir@us.ibm.com]
Sent: Friday, May 15, 2009 3:27 PM
To: opendocument-users@lists.oasis-open.org
Subject: Re: [opendocument-users] New question (2): Reference implementation?

"Cody, John (OFT)" <John.Cody@oft.state.ny.us> wrote on 05/15/2009 03:08:30 PM:

> [opendocument-users] New question (2):  Reference implementation?
> (Straightforward question, I hope, and hopefully will not engender
> off-topic disagreeability):
>         -- Does ODF have a reference implementation?

OASIS process does not have the concept of a "reference implementation", so there is nothing that can formally be called a "reference implementation".

Whether there is an application that de facto serves that role depends on how you are using that term.

Most definitions use "reference implementation" as one of three artifacts, along with a standard and a test suite.  The reference implementation is then typically an open (as in open source) implementation of the standard that passes the test suite.  We're in the process of developing a test suite for ODF, and we have a number of open source implementations.  So I think we end up with a reference implementation in the end, even if our formal process does not make that designation.


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