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That's interesting to know about OASIS, thanks for the explanation.

What about sharing the document file format support between FOSS
related programs? It's the other part of the idea that not got
answered :)

On Tue, Nov 16, 2010 at 5:51 AM, Marc Paré <> wrote:
Le 2010-11-15 17:07, timofonic timofonic a écrit :

I propose another idea: What about convert the file support of LibO
into a portable, resource efficient, well designed and multiplatform
library for all FOSS projects? I would imagine it like the WebKit of
document file formats, but governed in a less corporate way. This
library would have it´s own site into backed or being a TDF subdomain
(or both), and improved between all friend projects.

Of course this idea would need lot's of PR, negotiate with different
projects and probably even deep changes in the original source code.
This could make not only more interoperability, but FOSS projects
having a lot stronger file type support. It could be used easily for
non-interactive document converters too.

A strong official alliance about this and other interoperability stuff
could be very good for the FOSS productivity suite.

Hi Timofonic.

But we already have this with the ODF and the Oasis Consortium of which some
of our members sit on their committees. We should instead propose
refinements to the ODF rather than add another layer of complexity. Creating
another consortium takes a lot of time and negotiation between different
groups, not to mention financial backing and legal representation.

We already have many cooperating groups using the ODF and it sounds like the
ODF has made great strides in being accepted in Europe, unlike N.America
where it is still quite unknown. The LO marketing team hopes to make a
difference in promoting the ODF formats as well as LO in the Americas as
well as everywhere it is unknown. It is all in our interest to do so.


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