[Desktop_printing] Re: OSDL PS web page, agenda, and template problems

John Cherry cherry at osdl.org
Sun Feb 26 12:58:36 PST 2006

Ira, thanks for listing these problems on the site/agenda/etc.  Some of
these have been addressed, and some we need to bottom out on this week.

On Thu, 2006-02-23 at 10:40 -0800, McDonald, Ira wrote:
> Hi Till,
> Per your request yesterday, here is a list of problems with the
> OSDL Printing Summit web page, agenda, and template:
> (1) No mention of OSDL Printing Summit on OSDL home page
>     at "http://www.osdl.org/"

Request is submitted.  Should be listed soon.  I don't have write access
to the main corporate page, so I can't make the changes myself.

> (2) No mention of OSDL Printing Summit on OSDL Desktop Linux page
>     at "http://www.osdl.org/lab_activities/desktop_linux"

Good catch.  The event is listed on this page now.

> (3) OSDL Printing Summit is hidden (oddly) under OSDL Desktop Architects
>     button (instead of under Desktop Linux)

The printing summit was hatched at the desktop architects meeting, so it
has been listed under Desktop Architects events.  Your point is well
taken and is now also listed on the Desktop Linux page.

> (4) Agenda for OSDL Printing Summit is hidden (inscrutably) under the
>     "Click here for 
> your invitation to the Printing Summit" button

The agenda is now listed on the OSDL Printing Summit page and easily
accessible for anyone.

> (5) Agenda for OSDL Printing Summit is an unreasonably large (400KB)
>     PDF file of a pure graphic "Prepared on Inkscape", which takes
>     _far_ too long to download

Agreed.  This document was a pain to develop and a pain to keep up and
it is far too large to download nicely.  The intent of this document is
to provide a formal invitation document for those attendees that need it
for management approval or even foreign travel approvals.  The content
of this document now lives on the OSDL Printing Summit page.

> (6) Agenda for OSDL Printing Summit does NOT have hidden text for
>     cut-and-paste from Acrobat or Acrobat Reader, so the web links
>     are useless (for people and search engines)

Live links are now on the OSDL Printing Summit page.

> (7) OSDL Printing Summit registration link is NOT on web page 
>     (so are invisible to search engines)

Now it is.

> (8) Agenda for OSDL Printing Summit incorrectly implies that users
>     should directly register with Marriott Atlanta GP (but Lanier
>     is making all the reservations - which is a real problem for
>     people whose corporate travel agreements don't allow the use
>     of Marriott facilities - there are many such)

This is the item we need to finalize this week.  Can the Lanier folks
comment on how we should register with the Marriott Atlanta GP?  Can we
supply the Marriott with the list of 25+ registrants and then let folks
make their lodging arrangements directly with the Marriott with a
special code or something?

I have copied Kathy Eriksen on this email.  She will be helping with
lodging logistics once we determine the best way to get our hotel

> (9) Template to be filled out by all participants has serious problems:
>     (a) page 1/question 1 asks for organizational breakdown of company
>         (even if I were a Sharp employee, I couldn't answer this)
>     (b) page 1/question 3 asks for market segment plans of company
>         (usually not publicly released)
>     (c) page 2/question 3 asks for specific future development plans
>         (_never_ publicly released)
>     (d) page 2/question 1 asks about "organizational" and "business"
>         challenges in company
>         (_never) publicly release)

The preparation template is just that...at template.  If there are parts
of the template that cannot be filled in because of some company policy,
leave those parts blank.  However, this preparation information will be
very valuable in determining a common vision for open source printing.
Please disclose what you CAN in the template.

> PLEASE stop building the agenda as a useless graphic with Inkscape
> and create it with a decent word processor and make sure that the
> links can be cut-and-pasted from the PDF version.

See comments above.  The agenda and links are not on the OSDL Desktop
Printing page and the Inkscape document can just be used for these
needing some kind of approval for the event.

I agree with all the comments on the quality of this PDF and I'll look
into fixing this or we'll just use a different tool.


> Cheers,
> - Ira
> Ira McDonald (Musician / Software Architect)
> Blue Roof Music / High North Inc
> PO Box 221  Grand Marais, MI  49839
> phone: +1-906-494-2434
> email: imcdonald at sharplabs.com

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