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On 2011-06-25, Ian Lynch wrote:

On 25 June 2011 10:02, timofonic timofonic <> wrote:

On Fri, Jun 24, 2011 at 3:42 AM, Nuno J. Silva <>
On 2011-06-24, Andrea Pescetti wrote:

This, however, won't work. Document fidelity is not the aim of ODT
files, while it is the aim of PDF files (example: font embedding, but
one could find many more). Replacing PDF by ODT is just not feasible due
to the formats themselves, not to the lack of an "ODF Reader".

Font embedding is an issue, it could render the viewer useless.

It's possible, at least, to make some room for "compatible documents",
by shipping a set of fonts with the viewer and announcing that as the
"standard fonts" for ODF viewer.

Unless there's some required feature of ODT that's not possible to
reproduce in PDF, I suggest keeping with PDF for now: it is designed for
portability and it's vectorial, so there's no loss.
What is the purpose of pdf? It's for putting documents on paper. If you
simply want to read a document on screen use a browser. There was a project
to develop a Firefox plugin through the OpenDocument Fellowship but I think
it has stalled.  I would rather encourage people to read screen based stuff
with a browser instead of having to download pdfs when the information is
rarely ever printed. If it needs to be LibO will produce a pdf to do it.
Seems to me that a browser plugin is a lot simpler task and a lot more
useful. Get Google to sponsor it for Chrome.

You're right, if the idea is an onscreen reader, something that just
renders the content on-screen using available fonts and some
user-defined settings (color scheme, monospace, text width, ...) would
be way more useful than something that's concerned with freezing the
look'n'feel of the document.

Just like html is supposed to work.

Nuno J. Silva (aka njsg)

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