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Hello Paolo,

Thank you for working on this proposal. As a member of TDF, I fully agree that more investment is needed in RTL, CTL and CJK in order to make LibreOffice useful for the next two billion or so people and potentially grow the community of contributors. I'd imagine this could also open up new business opportunities for the commercial ecosystem once the investment from TDF has brought LO to a more usable state in the currently neglected languages.

With regard to accessibility, I'd like to bring up the question of regulation. In the future, it might very well become mandatory for most public sector organisations globally to only procure software meeting accessibility requirements (and in the case of office suites, producing accessible documents). Even without such regulations, many organisations will probably choose accessible software, if possible.

I agree with others who have said that MSO interoperability is not a neglected area. The commercial ecosystem is very active there. I also don't think TDF should be spending its resources on chasing compatiblity with proprietary formats as long as LO still has catching up to do with the latest version of ODF. While MSO compatiblity is important for many people (including myself), in many cases, such as in education, it might not be needed at all, whereas accessibility would be very welcome. Not to mention supporting the local language properly.

Best regards,
Tuomas Hietala

Paolo Vecchi kirjoitti 12.5.2022 15:29:
Hi all,

after receiving quite a few comments and suggestions it seems like is
time to publish what, hopefully, is the final version of the proposal
to add 2 in-house developers to TDF's team:

https://nextcloud.documentfoundation.org/s/sfJeNq7H9GS8YPe

The most significant changes have been made in the Focus Areas where
the recommendations from Michael Weghorn and lmari Lauhakangas (thanks
to both!) have been merged in the text, relevant links have been put
in the footer to make the proposal more readable and additional
explanations have been provided.
Other minor changes have been applied to the text throughout the document.

I have received no additional constructive feedback from the board
since the last published version so I assume that the proposal will be
promptly approved as a new strategic project and the team will be
kindly asked to prepare the job descriptions shortly after.

Thank you all for your contributions!

Ciao

Paolo

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