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From J├╝rgen Schmidt <>
Subject Re: [Draft] The Public Service Mission of OpenOffice
Date Wed, 18 Jul 2012 05:47:42 GMT
On 7/17/12 6:03 PM, Rob Weir wrote:
> I'd like to see if we can agree on a statement along these lines.  I
> think it is important that we show how our project aligns with
> Apache's overall mission, which the home page phrases as:
> "provides support for the Apache community of open-source software
> projects, which provide software products for the public good."
> I think we do and always have been strongly aligned with this goal.
> But still, sometimes, we're questioned about our emphasis on
> distributing binaries, or seeking support for items related to
> distributing binaries.  In some ways we're the oddball at Apache,
> being the only prominent end-user facing project.  So I think it will
> help if we can express in clear terms how what we are doing is in fact
> for the public good, and our aims and achievements are at least as
> noble as what any other Apache project can claim.

I totally agree and that is of course the most annoying point here at
Apache for me. But that is another topic and not for this thread.

> Please, review and suggest improvements.  In the end I'd like to work
> this into a webpage or blog post.

see comments inline

> Regards,
> -Rob
> --------------------------
> =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),

I like this example calculation which makes the value of OpenOffice
really visible. The number is so impressive that really everybody can
understand it.

> ==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.

It shows me again how important it is to work for and with the l10n
community to support all the languages where we had support before. I
will start a campaign right after our 3.4.1 release drive this forward.

> ==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.  OpenOffice provides
> strong accessibility support, 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.

As Donald mentioned already it might be worse to add a short paragraph
about extensibility and the programability at all that helps to adapt
OpenOffice to special needs, or integrate AOO in other important products.

In general very nice


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