Q: Is this project of some interest?

Riccardo Bernardini framefritti at gmail.com
Fri Mar 9 13:03:01 PST 2012

Joop, Norbert,
thank you for your input.  It is just the kind of input that we needed
to keep moving.  I already browsed a bit the Easy Hacks that could be
the right step to get acquainted with the code.  Let us hope to be
able to make this project start.

Thank you again for your reply.


On Wed, Mar 7, 2012 at 8:12 PM, Joop Kiefte <ikojba at gmail.com> wrote:
> You could take a look at the code that Abiword has. They have a feature to
> do this by Bonjour/Avahi, Jabber and proper collaboration servers.
> 2012/3/7 Norbert Thiebaud <nthiebaud at gmail.com>
>> On Wed, Mar 7, 2012 at 8:39 AM, Riccardo Bernardini
>> <framefritti at gmail.com> wrote:
>> >
>> > This feature is my "personal itch" since I would actually use to write
>> that is usually the best motivation to achieve anything in opensource :-)
>> > "many-hands" documents together with colleagues. Moreover, it would be
>> > an important feature of LibreOffice, not shared by other editing
>> > solutions.
>> >
>> [...]
>> >
>> > 1.  Are you aware if this type of capability is already available (I
>> > do not think so) or currently developed?
>> Not that I'm aware of... but I've recall seeing some discussion of
>> people on the ML itching a similar topic (i.e how to store document in
>> a git-friendly manner, altough IIRc that was not for 'sharing per say,
>> but simply for the change-tradcking aspect)
>> > 2. Has the LibreOffice community some interest in this idea?  If it
>> > has, this would give us a stronger motivation.
>> The 'LibreOffice community', just like most, rarely has a single mind.
>> But in the end the question is not 'are you for it', but 'is there a
>> showstopper that would make you against it'
>> > 3. Do you have some general suggestions for us?  Especially about
>> > interfacing the rest of the developers.
>> My suggestion woud be: do as you would for any open source community:
>> show-up, do some work, get yourself known for your work
>> Lead by example to attract people that will find your itch something
>> they are interested i... and code is much more convincing than talk.
>> Engage on this ML, on IRC, read the relevant part of the Wiki, get
>> familiar with the build process by doing some easy hacks...
>> The Dev Community is pretty welcoming to new dev of any level and skill.
>> On a higher level, smaller incremental changes are easier to get in
>> than big-bad dump. so try to break-down you itch in manage-ably small
>> feature, preferably that do not break things :-) and get them in one
>> at the time... or instance working on improving, if need be, the
>> 'uncompressed/flat' odf format... then saving directly in a git repo
>> (with commit and all), then managing git conflict-resolution, then
>> managing push/pull... (this is just an example based on your
>> description.. I have no idea what the real technical/functional hurdle
>> are...)
>> Norbert
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