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Re: [tdf-discuss] Re: ANN: ODF 1.2 Candidate OASIS Standard Enters 60-Day Public Review, prerequisite for balloting as OASIS Standard

plino wrote:
Charles-H. Schulz wrote:
So, let me state and restate this : ODF will not embed fonts in the
1.2, 1.3, nor in the future, because the format is not meant to focus on
faithful layout rendering. Instead, PDF is meant that. ODF focuses on
office document exchanges.
As long as ODF has this inherent limitation it WILL NEVER SUCCEED as a universal document exchange format!!!

For any document format to truly succeed, it must be UNIVERSAL. That means that it must be able to do what ODF does AND what PDF does. This is one area where specialization is not what is called for. So far, we have been using specialized software, text editors for some purposes, word processors for another set, and desktop publishers for still another. The future does not belong to such specialized programs, these represent the past! In the future the only writing programs that will succeed are those that can do ANYTHING as far as writing is concerned. And the only document formats that will succeed long term are those that can also do anything.
If that is the OASIS opinion then TDF should bail out from the ODF file
format ASAP.

That decision makes ODF useless for presentation files created in Impress
and for vectorial art created in Draw.
Even some text documents and spreadsheets rely on the fonts used...

PDF is a non-editable format. There is no similarity in function with ODF.

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