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From "Pedro F. Giffuni" <>
Subject Re: DITA for Doc?
Date Thu, 07 Jul 2011 16:52:13 GMT

--- On Thu, 7/7/11, Mathias Bauer <> wrote:

> The macro package is available as an extension that can be
> installed with the extension manager. It also contains the
> xslt that is installed as an export filter.

Just wondering ..

Is this where we use saxon? AFAICT, it's not a problem
license-wise, (MPL with a commercial version available but
it is not a run dependency) but it would be good to get
rid of it.


> I only rarely worked with this help editor, but from these
> occasions I
> remember that it was a little bit awkward.
> > Mathias, you would know much better than I how
> feasible it would be to 
> > use some kind of Writer window to display help.
> Without making light of 
> > the technical problems, I am intrigued by lowering the
> participation bar 
> > that far. Translators could work directly with .odt
> files. Users could 
> > customize their own help, using Writer, and (we would
> hope) send us 
> > their suggestions and improvements.
> You might think that using Writer to edit the help content
> is a big
> plus, but all that is used is entering text and formatting
> through the
> assignment of styles - nothing fancy, as the help content
> file format
> itself isn't very feature rich. So the learning curve for
> other editors
> should be quite flat.
> Anyway, I don't believe that this is one of the most urgent
> problems to
> solve. First we have to get the code and build it, later we
> can look for
> people willing to write help content. We should present
> them the
> alternatives (and something like DITA definitely would be
> one to
> consider) and ask them what they prefer.
> Regards,
> Mathias

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