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RE: Re: Autoexpanding ZIP archives?

From: André Pönitz <andre_at_wasy.de>
Date: 2005-12-08 08:04:55 CET

Andreas Magnusson wrote:
> OK, time for the stupid question.
> Wouldn't it be easier to teach the client program (for example
> OpenOffice) to be able to save in in a non-compressed way? An example
> (although NOT open in any way like OO) is Microsoft InfoPath
> whose doc
> is a cab file, consisting of xml files. This program can save
> uncompressed, probably so that you can store it in a VCS and
> really see
> the differences. Why not pose this req. on OpenOffice?

Because is is not only an OOo issue but concerns basically
everything out there not using a plain text file format natively.

Some application do not even have plain text formats, on
some it would be unreasonable to use (i.e. in OOo you'd
suddenly pass around full directories instead of a
a single document, introducing much more headache when
distributing documents with a higher probability of
corrupting things)

Moreover you'd need to retrain your users not to accept
the default choices. Interaction with other people using
the defaults would be more complicated etc.

No good idea at all.


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Received on Thu Dec 8 08:14:25 2005

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