Advocating the Open Publication License easier?

Wouter Vanden Hove Wouter.Vanden.Hove at
Fri Jul 19 15:01:12 UTC 2002

Op vr 19-07-2002, om 09:57 schreef Guillaume Ponce:
    > And could please download and install OpenOffice.
    > And could please load your Word-file into Openoffice and save that in an
    > open and transparant format.
    That is not required.  If all you want is just meet the requirements, plain
    ASCII is perfectly suitable. Even MS Word can save as plain text.  You lose the
    formating but you can distribute opaque copies (word.doc) printed with the
    formatting and have the transparent ugly plain text somewhere in the ftp
    repository, or just on a floppy distributed with the printed copy (of course, it
    is worth a charge, and the FDL allows you to ask for this charge).
In the FDL: 
"...or state in or with each Opaque copy a publicly-accessible
computer-network location containing a COMPLETE Transparent copy of the
Document, free of added material"

If you save a World-file as ascii, then how does an integral from 1 to
infinity look like? Word does contain an equation editor, doesn't it ? I
have some courses with a lot of equations, which certainly don't look
like TeX,everything points in the direction of Word-made.

Saving that file as ascii, you not only loose the formatting, but
probably a substantial part of the CONTENT as well. And what about all
the graphics? 

I'm afraid that saving as ascii will not be sufficient to have "a
COMPLETE Transparent copy". The Open Publication License doesn't have a
requirement like this.


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