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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


Jesper Lund Stocholm wrote:
Hi Robert,

2011/6/25 Robert Derman <robert.derman@pressenter.com>:

This could eventually destroy ODF as a viable world standard if at some
point some software company or organization comes up with a popular program
(example Microsoft) that embeds fonts so that anyone editing the document,
viewing it, or printing it uses the same font chosen by the original author.
 No computer standard is likely to survive long term as long as adamant
decisions are (carved in stone) and not left to future users to contramand
if deemed expedient.

I think that is a bit harsh, don't you think?
Not really, I did say could, not would. If there is anything that watching the evolution of computers and software over the last 30 years has taught me it is that there is no way to predict what will happen in the future, so it is unwise in the extreme to be too adamant about what must be, going forward.
FWIW, here is a description of how Microsoft Office supports embedding
of fonts in documents and the limitations to it. If you want to take a
look at how this is achieved in OOXML, take a look at OOXML section
17.8.1 Font Embedding.

:o)



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