2018-03 File Formats

Location: Upper Boardroom, First United Church, 16 William St W, Waterloo, ON N2L 1J3 (enter from church parking lot door, upper boardroom is next to the entrance to the church sanctuary, upstairs https://osm.org/go/ZXna93PBA)
Date: Monday, March 12, 2018
Time: 7:00-9:00PM

What file formats do your documents, images, spreadsheets use? Can you exchange your files with people using Macs? Linux? VMS? Will your documents survive an upgrade of your application software? Can you switch to another word processor? Image editor? Spreadsheet app? Can you still read the files from backups created years ago with different software? Can you choose the file format your application uses?

In the month of Document Freedom Day (http://www.documentfreedom.org/about) we’ll look at the importance of open, well-known file formats, and compare it to closed, proprietary formats that are so prevalent today.

–Marc Paré & Bob Jonkman

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