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On 23 June 2011 22:40, Marc Paré <> wrote:

OK, this is just a teaser to entice people into a discussion of the
following proposal.

There is talk on the documentation list of the formats made available to
users of our documents (manuals, reference books, etc). These for now are in
.odt (ODF) and .pdf (Adobe) and possibly .html (being discussed on the
documentation list).

The purpose of this particular thread is NOT to continue the documentation
thread on the merits of providing particular formats. If you are interested
in taking this up, it is already being discussed on the documentation list.

This thread is really about proposing, to the devs, the possibility of
creating a "LibreOffice Reader" similar to the "Adobe .pdf Reader". The idea
is that, we are in a particularly advantageous position of providing an
excellent popular office suite with a solid and well documented format (ODF)
and, if we were to promote a "quick and dirty" "LibreOffice Reader", very
much like the "Adobe Acrobat Reader", whose sole purpose is to provide the
ability to "read" ".odt" files, there would be no need to carry .pdf
formatted files.

I would like to propose the following for discussion:

The "LibreOffice Reader" would have the following characteristics:

* small footprint
* capable of reading ODF formatted files ONLY and .odt in particular
* only capable of reading and form filling, NO editing capabilities (these
are left to the expertise of the LibreOffice suite)
* be able to interpret any of the LibreOffice "highlighting" effects and
"weblinking" abilities
* as much as possible code should not stray too far from the LibreOffice
code in order to avoid a new divergent branch of software
* TDF adopt "LibreOffice Reader" as its first secondary software project

If, such a project were adopted, LibreOffice could then be adapted in such
a way as to complement the "LibreOffice Reader", very much like the
relationship of the Adobe Acrobat list of software ("Acrobat X Pro" etc.)
and their relationship with "Acrobat Reader". The LibreOffice suite could
have added functionality that would be compatible with the "LibreOffice
Reader" and offer interested users, an opensource alternative to the .pdf



Main problem is you are effectively competing with MS Office readers that do
a similar job wit .doc but have never displaced pdf. So I think the chances
of a LibO reader displacing pdf are not very high.

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