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Re: [tdf-discuss] New "LibreOffice Reader" Eliminates Need for "PDF Reader"


Le 2011-06-24 14:34, Robert Derman a écrit :

On 24/06/2011 03:59, Marc Paré wrote: The initial use of the "LibreOffice Reader" would be just a plain reader, the challenge after this would be to try to build as much document fidelity into it as possible. Again, with the hopes to rival .pdf fidelity. Maybe once all the devs put their heads together, they may come up with some way to do this. Let's not forget that the Djvu people accomplished this to some extent. If we were to work at it we could surprise everyone. There is always the possibility of submitting any changes to the ODF, that could enhance the formats, through the possible channels at the ISO and OASIS of which we are members.

As Andrea states, the point about PDF is that it 'locks in' the format of a document, allowing it to be displayed or printed everywhere as the user intended. All other formats created by word processors, including MS Office and LibO, will display and print differently on different computers, depending for example on the specific printer a user has installed. I doubt that this is something that could readily be fixed by tweaking ODF, it's fundamental to the way all word processors work. I also believe that any diversion of scarce DEV effort would inevitably move the focus further away from fixing the many bugs still in LibO, which would be counter-productive.
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Right now LibreOffice is capable of creating PDF files. Which leads me to believe that creating a reader for ODF and at some point giving ODF some of the capabilities of PDF couldn't be all that difficult.
Charles H. Schultz has informed us that the OASIS group has no intention of embedding fonts for v.1.2, 1.3 or any future versions, so getting the same type of fidelity from a LibreOffice Reader will not be possible. In this case, if one were to wish to print from the LibO Reader, if the font used in the document is absent from the system, then the system would look for the closest approximate font to the original font.

So, getting the same quality of print from a LibreOffice Reader would not be possible without having the font embedded in the file. I still think that a LibreOffice Reader would be useful for those who do not have the LibreOffice suite installed on their machine. This would give the user the choice of using the reader to view the file without the need of the full-blown suite and without having the need to use the Acrobat Reader. Again, our user base and the fact that our reader would be created in-house would be enough to give the LibreOffice Reader enough impetuous for adoption by our users and non-users of the suite.

I think supplying a LibreOffice Reader is just as important as providing the plugins needed for viewing files in a browser (LibreOffice Tools->Internet->Browser plug-in). Providing tools to popularize our distro is important.

Cheers

Marc

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