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[tdf-discuss] Re: Font Embedding in ODF (was RE: ANN: ODF 1.2 Candidate OASIS Standard Enters 60-Day Public Review)



Charles-H. Schulz wrote:

But let me ask it
again: why should it not be the right file format for LibreOffice?
Fonts embedding cannot be the only one feature that will help us break
the dominant vendor's monopoly, can it?


Because any document that allows the use of different fonts and relies on
them to be displayed as expected needs to have the ability to embed fonts.
No, ODF already has the most important feature: vendor independence. But if
the dominant vendor includes a feature and it is critical for some type of
documents, not including it is a handicap. And it can become a serious
barrier for wide adoption.

Regarding your demonstration Cases: Case A is a non-issue. If users decide
to ignore instructions and use it incorrectly is it the OASIS or TDFs fault?
Should microwave manufacturers not sell microwaves because someone in the
future might have the brilliant idea of drying their cat in it?

Case B: if in a given device fonts are not displayed properly (the software
should warn about that) then ODF is still doing it's most important job i.e.
making sure the contents are displayed in a readable way.


Charles-H. Schulz wrote:
If you want absolute layout fidelity use PDF. That's the reason it's
been designed, not ODF.

PDF is used for keeping printing fidelity. It's not an editable format.
Should I make my presentations using a PDF?
Following that reasoning I should use PPT for my presentations "That's the
reason it's been designed, not ODF"


Charles-H. Schulz wrote:
Do you have any idea what it takes to spread the use of a format?

No, I don't. But can you accept that it probably takes longer to accept a
format that has limitations than if the format is superior to the one it's
replacing?
How long will it take mkv to replace avi? Not much I guess ;)

Regards,
Pedro

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