[odf-discuss] OpenDocument, PDF/A and long term data availability,
was: Three steps to Open Source in the Church
mfioretti at nexaima.net
Thu Jan 3 14:19:13 EST 2008
On Thu, Jan 03, 2008 19:54:27 PM +0100, Bart Hanssens
(bart.hanssens at skynet.be) wrote:
> It's rather ironic we can read paper manuscripts written by Shakespeare
> himself, but unable to retrieve the data created in our childhood.
see this article and the presentation linked from it for more on this
> Anyway, that's precisely the reason why PDF/A was conceived...
No, not really. PDF/A is only to preserve what the _printed_ version
of a document looked like. It completely loses spreadsheet formulas,
versions, macros, some metadata, etc... which may be very relevant to
find out quickly who messed with a document or how some conclusions
were obtained (think a government spreadsheet calculating election
results, a scientific paper proving or disproving global warming...)
> Of course, ODF might do the trick as well, _if_ you're able to remove
> external dependencies like commercial or uncommon fonts, links to other
For hidden traps in OpenDocument, see
and my Novatica article linked from there
Of course, feedback is welcome!
Your own civil rights and the quality of your life heavily depend on how
software is used *around* you: http://digifreedom.net/node/84
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