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[tdf-discuss] About developpment of LiberOffice Writer


Hello, I am David Shengelia, from Tbilisi, georgia. I am scientist and work in the institute of 
manuscipts. I wish to share with you with a definite problem. The matter is that preparing of old 
texts (coptic, syrian, old armenian, old georgian, old greek...) for publication, their page-proof 
is connected with different serious problems. Preparing of these texts for publication (or critical 
editon) has its requirements.For one, who knows special program for page-proof (InDisigne, 
Pagmake...), but is not specialist in those old languages it will very difficult prepare such texts 
for edition. That's why in practice the specialists have to correct the page-proofed text several 
times. Besides that, these programs don't contain special gadgets for critical editions. For 
example, the variant of concrete word in critical edition, in reference must be marked not with a 
footnote, but with a number of the line in which this word is written in main text. The
 above-mentioned, the page-proofed programs don't have such functions. For these purposes in these 
programs must be specially 'done' frame, where by hand it will be written not only the needed 
reference, but also the number of corresponding line.But the matter becomes more complicated by the 
fact that any text, while working on it, can be changed several times. And in this case in 
reference the designation of the corresponding number of the line must be corrected by hand. This 
problem is mentioned by us as an illustration; there are plenty of such examples.
For the solution of the problems, connected with the critical edition, the austrian scientist 
Stefan Hagel worked out the special program CTE which can fully automatize all operations 
(http://cte.oeaw.ac.at/?id0=main) connected with the publication of the text. This program is 
simple; it has MS Word/LibreOfficeWriter interface. That's why the scientists easily study it and 
they, themselves, can easily prepare the critical text for publication. But unfortunately this 
program is very expensive and it isn't popularized free of charge. We think, from the program point 
of view, that adding of the necessary gadgets to the LibreOfficWriter or to the similar programs 
must not be difficult. LibreOfficeWriter has many gadgets and it will be necessary only to unite 
them for facilitating the work.
If there will be no juridical casus, may be it will be possible to set up easily used, simple 
alternative program of 'CTE' for spreading free of charge on the bases of LibreOfficeWriter or the 
similiar program. With great pleasure I'll take part in enumerating those concrete functions, which 
are necessary for carrying out such programs. With respect David Shengelia
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