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Subject svn commit: r1366672 - /incubator/ooo/site/trunk/content/openofficeorg/mission.mdtext
Date Sat, 28 Jul 2012 13:52:24 GMT
Author: robweir
Date: Sat Jul 28 13:52:23 2012
New Revision: 1366672

URL: http://svn.apache.org/viewvc?rev=1366672&view=rev
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initial check-in based on draft from wiki: https://cwiki.apache.org/confluence/display/OOOUSERS/%28Draft%29+The+Public+Service+Mission+of+OpenOffice

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+Title: OpenOffice Public Service Mission
+Notice:    Licensed to the Apache Software Foundation (ASF) under one
+           or more contributor license agreements.  See the NOTICE file
+           distributed with this work for additional information
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+           to you under the Apache License, Version 2.0 (the
+           "License"); you may not use this file except in compliance
+           with the License.  You may obtain a copy of the License at
+           .
+             http://www.apache.org/licenses/LICENSE-2.0
+           .
+           Unless required by applicable law or agreed to in writing,
+           software distributed under the License is distributed on an
+           "AS IS" BASIS, WITHOUT WARRANTIES OR CONDITIONS OF ANY
+           KIND, either express or implied.  See the License for the
+           specific language governing permissions and limitations
+           under the License.
+
+#The Public Service Mission of OpenOffice
+
+##Introduction
+
+Along with an email client and a web browser, an office suite is a core essential
+application that almost every computer user requires. Although there is a dominant
+ commercial product in this category, its price and limited platform and language 
+support makes it an unsatisfactory option for many. OpenOffice, for over a decade,
+ has helped fill this gap. Our goal is to develop, publish and support OpenOffice 
+as a world-class office suite, free for anyone to use, and since it is open source,
+free for anyone to build upon. Using the generally available discounted price of 
+commercial office products, the value of OpenOffice downloads over the past decade
+exceeds USD 10 billion (10,000,000,000).
+
+##Overcoming the "Digital Divide"
+
+More than 40% of the world population lives on less than US$ 2 per day, and around 
+20% live on less than US$ 1 per day. Against these numbers, commercial 
+shrink-wrapped office software is often seen as a luxury good. End-user facing 
+open source software, like OpenOffice, brings high-quality software to those who 
+would otherwise have no other affordable options. Within the ICT for Development 
+(ICT4D) community, OpenOffice has long been an important part of achieving 
+development goals.
+
+##Support for Linguistic and Cultural Diversity
+
+There are over 6,000 languages in the world, but unless the language is associated 
+with a G20 economic superpower, commercial vendors tend to ignore it. The 
+OpenOffice community has a long standing tradition of supporting a large number 
+of languages, including languages used by smaller populations, minority languages, 
+endangered languages, etc. For example, South Africa has 11 official languages. 
+OpenOffice has been translated to all of them. By supporting languages that would 
+not otherwise be supported we help reduce "digital exclusion" and promote 
+development, local education and administration.
+
+##Accessibility
+
+Persons with disabilities, especially those with visual impairments, commonly 
+rely on "assistive technology" to interact with computers. Such technologies 
+work well only when applications are designed and coded to work well with them. 
+Additionally, users who create documents must do their part to ensure that the 
+documents they create work well with assistive technology, for example through 
+the use of image captions, consistent list levels, etc. The OpenOffice project 
+aims to provide strong accessibility support, both in the core product and 
+including broader ecosystem support via extensions, for working with Braille 
+printers, exporting to DAISY talking books, etc.
+
+##Open Standards
+
+Open standards are those standards which are created in an open, transparent 
+process, where the specifications can be freely accessed and implemented without 
+royalties. Most core web standards are open standards. The default document format 
+in OpenOffice, OpenDocument Format (ODF) is also an open standard. Widespread use 
+of open standards promotes interoperability and choice in the market. But this 
+does not come without effort on our part. We commit to faithful implementation 
+of open standards, and to work with standards organizations and other vendors 
+to improve these standards and to test and improve interoperability.
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