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Re: [xml-dev] The year is 2027, and we need to examine archived XMLdocuments from 2007 ...

> So, instead of fighting over ODF/OOXML which can survive with or without
> each other, perhaps ISO/W3C/OASIS/IETF etc should focus on a (possibly)
> XML based archive format for documents and data which preserves basic
> layout, links, binary objects (like jpg, avi, etc) as part of the
> format. Open Office and Microsoft can conform to Government requirements
> by having a "Save Archive" option.
> All sorts of applications, not just office functions could target the
> archive format for long term storage and searching.

There is probably something to be learned from ISO PDF/A in this regard.   One idea I've given some thought to is whether something like ODF/A, defined as a formal profile or restriction of ODF, would have significantly greater usefulness for long-term archiving than the full ODF.  ODF/A for example, could disallow scripts/macros, OLE embeddings, image embeddings other than PNG and JPG format, etc.  


Rob Weir
Software Architect
Workplace, Portal and Collaboration Software
IBM Software Group

email: robert_weir@us.ibm.com
phone: 1-978-399-7122
blog: http://www.robweir.com/blog/

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