[odf-discuss] ODF support
marbux at gmail.com
Wed Feb 14 12:08:10 EST 2007
On 2/14/07, Lars D. Noodén <lars at umich.edu> wrote:
> On Wed, 14 Feb 2007, marbux wrote:
> > At some point we need to do some serious talking about how best to
> > publicize just how widely supported OpenDocument is. ...
> A lot, at least to a technical audience, can be built on the advantages of
> clean, well-formed, valid XML. i.e. strengthening familiar arguments.
> Tricks with XML parsers, XLST, and other familiar tools can help make the
What if we had a "Interoperable via ODF" button developers could put
on their web sites with a link to the Fellowship's Applications page?
Might that be a suitable vehicle for persuading developers to at least
refer to OpenDocument in addition to OpenOffice.org?
We could put the button on the Applications page itself along with
some short guidance on how to use it.
I have in mind here the problem of folks referring to OpenDocument as
the OOo file format on their web pages rather than mentioning ODF. My
thought is that a linked button gives them an incentive to advertise
that their apps are compatible with a whole bunch of apps, not just
I agree we could do a better job of publicizing the developer tools
and tricks too. Maybe a "Develop with ODF" button linked to a page on
the site that is a start page for developers and collects annotated
links to our relevant pages? The linked pages could include pages that
include information of the type you suggest.
And we could do some education work to encourage developers to include
that button on their web sites too, pointing out that them encouraging
other developers to support ODF helps them too. I.e., the more apps
that support ODF the more useful all of them will be. It's a "adding
more water raises all boats" kind of synergism.
And the Apps page and the developer home page could both include both
buttons along with the guidance and a short explanation of the
benefits of adding both to their own sites.
Thoughts off the top of my head.
> Lars Noodén
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