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Re: [tdf-discuss] LibO document format: strict ODF or extended ODF?


Gianluca Turconi wrote:
IMO, it isn't only a question about "better defaults", but a real
turning point for LibO.

I'll try to clarify my point of view.

Let's say that by the time ODF 1.2 will be out, every feature
currently supported from LibO will be in ODF specification too. That
would be simply great.

Then, what?

Will LibO 4.0/5.0 stay at ODF 1.2 until ODF 2.0 (or whatever
version) will be officially approved, becoming so the "Lingua
Franca" in exchanging documents for people and organizations or will
LibO try to implement more features that *may* be included in ODF
2.0, becoming so a technical cutting edge application?

They are two completely different visions of the project, I think.

Hi Gianluca, all,

soo - as a matter of fact, both LibO and OOo 3.3 will occasionally
write out files that'll only comply to the "extended" ODF 1.2
conformance class.

There are two major reasons for that:

a) ODF evolves somewhat slowly (when 1.2 gets out, 1.1 will be
   almost 4 years old) - you cannot stop shipping features for 4
   years
b) OASIS, for very good practical reasons, only wants to standardize
   what has been successfully implemented (by at least three
   independent products, even) - so out of necessity, you'll need
   implementations of not-yet-standardized features, to actually
   make those standardizable via OASIS.

So I guess moving on & extending ODF is a feature, not a bug - of
course, for those who need it, you want a "strict mode" (which we
have).

Cheers,

-- Thorsten

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