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Hi Davide,

2011/6/27 Davide Dozza <>:

I've been working on OOo migrations since 2003. Especially for PA. I
think I'm not detached from the real world.... ;-)


One thing it's what people wish, another what the law requires and yet
another is what technology offers.

For a PA when a document has to be long-term archived only in a
electronic way, the Italian law requires PDF/A. Fidelity is a must.

But we are not talking about document archiving here, are we? We are
talking about round-tripping documents.

You have to keep in mind that there is a trade off between features and

Because fidelity it's a question of rendering algorithms: more features
means more complexity for such algorithms.


Therefore the more fidelity you ask the less features you have.
That why PDF/A has been created.

This is another question. We can discuss about embedding font in ODF but
please don't sell it for document fidelity reasons.

But this *is* for fidelity reasons - just not meant for archiving. If
I send my team (e.g. in India) a document created in Impress or
Writer, I want the document to be opened in more or less exact the
same form it was sent. This has nothing to do about being able to open
the document 20 years from now or about legal requirements for
archiving (in Denmark, TIFF and JPEG are only allowed formats). This
has to do with sending documents around *now* and to enable any
recipient to have all information readily available for displaying the
document in the form I created it in.


Jesper Lund Stocholm

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