[odf-discuss] strategy for ODF migration (was: A story of TIFF)
alex at stratagia.co.uk
Tue Feb 6 07:59:06 EST 2007
> I think you're missing that once your migration is complete, you only
> have to keep a copy of MS Office + da Vinci around in case it becomes
> important to view or print a legacy document in its original form.
If Da Vinci interoperability with OOo (for example) is good enough that
people can convert their MS docs to ODF, and only need the "dark
objects" on rare occasions, then there isn't a problem.
What Daniel & I have been getting at is that the information about Da
Vinci seems to indicate that the interoperability, as it stands right
now with the plugin using ODF 1.2, isn't good enough to do that. It
would be really nice to get some figures on what level of
interoperability _is_ achieved, but we don't have those - we just have
public statements on web logs.
So, I would say that I hope you're right marbux: I hope that the Da
Vinci plugin allows people to convert their binary documents into an ODF
format which looks reasonable when opened with OOo. That's my hope. My
worry is that it isn't the case, and wouldn't be, even with ODF 1.2 -
that the scenario that you outline above isn't achievable.
> There is one huge difference between the HTML situation and ODF. HTML
> has never been adopted as an International Standard. That left
> Microsoft free to mess with it. But with ODF being an International
> Standard, Microsoft must produce conformant ODF or it is out of the
> government software business. So "embrace and extend" really can't
> work in this situation, assuming we get the conformance section of the
> spec made bullet-proof.
I'm not sure that's totally the case: no matter what the conformance
section says, foreign data will always be allowed in ODF. Like most
things technical, this feature is neither "good" or "bad": it just is.
But it seems to me that you can quite easily use it to extend ODF, such
that your app opens ODF files excellently, but the ODF files you give
other people lose fidelity.
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