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Re: Embedding Goodies in the ODF Package (was RE: [tdf-discuss] Re: ANN: ODF 1.2 Candidate OASIS Standard ... )


Hi,

+1 to Dennis' s reply below.

Best,
Charles.

Le Sun, 26 Jun 2011 14:15:11 -0700,
"Dennis E. Hamilton" <dennis.hamilton@acm.org> a écrit :

Well, sure, you can use an ODF package just like a Zip archive and
add parts to it.

The ODF Specification does not prevent that.

However, the META-INF/manifest.xml file should be updated to include
the addition.

You can't count on any ODF consumer preserving a file that seems to
have no use, even though there are those who think such accretions
should be preserved.  People who worry about document security,
authenticity, and corporate information leaks tend to disagree and
arrange to have their implementations delete material that is not
recognized. There are implications for digitally-signed documents, as
well.

The problem with this is that now someone has to fish the fonts out
of there and install them where they are actually recognized for
presenting the document.  If LibreOffice is updated to automate the
capture of fonts and their extraction again, aren't we back to the
previously-unsolved problem?

At that point, it might be better to do it the other way round.  Put
the ODF document in a Zip archive (or tar.gz or whatever) along with
the fonts and instructions on what to do with the fonts if one wants
a rendition of the ODF document close to what was intended by its
author.

Or just separate the fonts into a handy Zip bundle that is available
somewhere and perhaps put a little note in the document about what
fonts work best along with information on finding and installing the
font package.  Observing the necessities of license conditions, of
course.

I am sure there are covert arrangements that could be created.  I
have nothing to say about that.

 - Dennis

-----Original Message-----
From: Steve Edmonds [mailto:steve.edmonds@ptglobal.com] 
Sent: Sunday, June 26, 2011 13:49
To: discuss@documentfoundation.org
Subject: Re: [tdf-discuss] Re: ANN: ODF 1.2 Candidate OASIS Standard
Enters 60-Day Public Review, prerequisite for balloting as OASIS
Standard

[ ... ]

Hi.
Can the ODF file format not include a container for user-data. May be 
specifying how that data should be catalogued but not what that data
is. There is no worry about legalities in regards ODF and placing
fonts in that data. Then LO would be free to place fonts in that
"user-data" and use them as required for faithfull document
transferal. Provides a solution while the debate continues.
steve





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