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From "Dennis E. Hamilton" <>
Subject RE: [Review|Discussion]For Ideas and Comments on the Vision of Writer's Track Changes Improvement
Date Tue, 03 Jul 2012 04:16:35 GMT
I have some concerns.

First, the meta-requirements Wiki page was last updated on 2012-03-12 and there has been on-going
turmoil at the ODF TC on which of three proposals will be refined into an ODF 1.3 improvement.
  There is no resolution, although there is some major discussion to occur in the ODF TC Conference
calls in the next few weeks.

Because of this, it is important to understand how your proposed Track Changes Improvement
will be reflect in the ODF 1.2 documents consumed and produced by Apache OpenOffice at this
time.  That is, what needs to be done in the format, if anything, and how is interoperable
communication of that handled in the persistent document?

Also, do the proposed improvements favor one of the three proposals or borrow some elements
from each?  Is it a completely separate improvement to the existing ODF 1.2 provisions (as
badly-specified as they might be)?  Is it designed toward interoperability with the functionality
of Microsoft Word documents and convertibility with .doc or OOXML Word Processing (.docx,

Without understanding the improvements in terms of what users perceive and can manipulate,
and how it is conveyed in the persistent document(s), it is very difficult to assess the proposal.

 - Dennis

-----Original Message-----
From: chengjh [] 
Sent: Monday, July 02, 2012 20:33
Subject: [Review|Discussion]For Ideas and Comments on the Vision of Writer's Track Changes

Hi All,

As we know,Track Changes is one of the most important features in a
document editing application,such as the Apache Writer.It
provides to track history changes within a document and review a shared
document between different roles in an internal and collaborative
environment.Through this feature,end users can conveniently distinguish
each roles' revised changes and review comments when working on the same
document,especially within a complex reviewing process.

Although,Apache Writer has also provided the Track Changes
feature, there are existing very obviously feature gaps comparing with MS
Word.Please refer to the details from
course, the interoperability fidelity with MS Word is poor..Because of the
obviously feature gaps,we have received some requirements to improve the
function area, and been raised some defects too.Please refer to the classic
ones from

In order to decrease the feature gaps,especially improve the
interoperability fidelity with MS Word, we have taken some investigation
and tried to understand the current implementation
And then, based on the our current knowledge and understanding,we have
worked out a design proposal
your review. The proposal is just the beginning, and now open for review
and discussion.

For our same goal to make Apache successful, I appreciate
your comments and contribution to the improvement. Your ideas and comments
will not be limited to the current design proposal,breakthrough thinking
welcomed..Expecting your involvement.Thanks.

[1] Track Changs Wiki::
[2] OASIS ODF TC on Track Changes:

Best Regards,Jianhong Cheng

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