On Tue, Nov 18, 2008 at 4:34 AM, Lars Aronsson <lars(a)aronsson.se> wrote:
I do outreach projects, where I need to print things
on paper, and
they need to look (somewhat) pretty. I'm not in the business of
developing entirely new wordprocessing or typesetting software.
Who suggested you do so?
I was asking you to express your needs in a clear and actionable
manner so that *someone* might address them. I looked at the document
you provided and with the exception of pagination control I didn't see
any obvious layout elements that Wikitext does not provide. I have
no doubt that they exist, but I'm missing them. Improvements to
Wikitext would be beneficial to many people.
When I take photos, I use a commercially available
not realistic for me to take five years off to develop my own
camera. Both tools, OpenOffice and my Canon camera, deliver
editable source files in open formats. Wikimedia Commons accepts
the JPEG photos, but not the Open Document files.
I'm continuing my work, and I will upload PDF files to Wikimedia
Commons, but I will keep the editable source files (ODT) offline.
The current reasons for not allowing these formats has already been
explained by multiple people, they have nothing to do with demanding
you to make your own camera.
Wikimedia Commons is already full of posters and
brochures in PDF,
where the editable source files are unavailable. That is sad.
It's mostly not supposed to be, except for some forms of source
material. Full of is relative: Out of 3.5 million files ones in that
class are fairly infrequent... and posters are not equivalent to text
documents. Commons does not generally permit uploads of original texts
which could otherwise be wiki-text, though this is not why ODT is not