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2008-04-11

 

nfoWorks: What Are those Harmony Principles, Again?

As part of readying the nfoWorks site for hoarding my hunter-gatherings for available materials in the wild, I have produced a refinement of the original attempt at some Harmony Principles.  The latest attempt will now be kept part of the "About nfoWorks" page, and an early draft (0.1 beta) is now available.

There is additional information being filled in over the next several days:

  1. Harmony Principles
  2. Deliverables
  3. Incremental Development
  4. Start-Up Activities
  5. Related Work
  6. References and Resources

This is a typical first draft, with many sections simply being placeholders for content yet to come. 

In arranging this material and the site, I did not have the foresight to create a blog or provide RSS feeds of the accounts being made on the site itself.  This post is my penance for that.  There is no way to make comments on nfoWorks, but you can always comment here and I will take notice.

Meanwhile, here are the basic ideas:

nfoWorks explores just how well documents can be made fully exchangeable when using a mix of different OpenDocument and Office Open XML implementations.

The first question: What prerequisites and restraints must be satisfied to ensure that documents are fully exchangeable and users can be confident that is the case?

The next question: Is there enough harmonization for users to willingly create, collaborate, and preserve their work using only only harmonious features of documents?

I offer these conditions of satisfaction for a high-level sense of what's intended:

  • Users can be confident their creations honor the format standards and depend only on their harmonious features.  The Harmony Principles are honored by default.
      
  • Users can be confident that documents confined to a particular profile of harmonious features can be interchanged and interoperated with via any software programs that honor the Harmony Principles for the class.
      
  • In the event that a document relies on features beyond the harmonious level supported by a software product, profile-allowed limitation to supported features is explicit, automatic, and user-understandable.

Additional explanation and expanding detail are found via the About nfoWorks page.

 
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