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On 2 July 2011 23:22, Robert Derman <> wrote:

Keith Curtis wrote:

The problem with building a reader is that it would be about the same size
as LibreOffice. OpenDocument is very different from PDF. For those who
install LO, they probably can't install the reader either.

Perhaps separating the modules of LO so that users could download and
install only the parts that they actually want, for instance I NEVER use
spreadsheets and probably never would use any part of the LO package other
than Writer.  There is a small chance that I might use the database, but the
rest of it never.

The snag as I understand it is that there is a lot of code shared between
components so separating them is not easy and would not result in as big a
saving in "size" as one would think. I use Writer but I tend to use Google
spreadsheets as I need to share them collaboratively. I use Inkscape rather
than Draw simply because I like it better. I doubt I would ever use Base.
Perhaps Impress on occasions. But I think Impress and Draw share a lot of
code so its probably not going to save much having one without the other.

I believe there is quite a bit of redundant code in OOo so would a better
starting point not be to get rid of as much of this as possible?


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