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Paul Withers
Technical Architect, HCL Labs
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Digital Solutions | June 24, 2020
Sharing Domino Data: How Do You Solve a Problem Like Formatted Text?
We know that there can be sticky challenges in sharing Domino data — the fidelity of Notes Rich Text has long been an issue when sharing data outside of the platform. The standard starting point is the Notes Rich Text field renderer/editor and Notes Rich Text Item storage format. They become hard constraints that any solution needs to fit within, a box outside of which we should not think.  At HCL Labs, we take a more radical approach. When new members were recently brought on board, they were instructed to not just think outside the box but to set the box on fire! This may result in approaches that don't suit everyone. But the mandate we were given for Project Rosetta, an internal proof of concept, was to find an innovative solution for fidelity of formatted content for use outside of Domino with only one must-have: the data must be stored in Domino, in some format. Jason Roy Gary, Digital Solutions CTO, covered the outcome in the DNUG launch event and the recent OpenNTF webinar. You can catch the 10-minute presentation between 40:27-50:44 here or read on for more details. Terms of Reference  One of the early actions was to be very specific about terminology. For a Domino audience, the phrase "rich text" is inextricably coupled with the Notes editor and a specific storage format. As a result, we have made a conscious effort to refer to handling "formatted text". I would strongly encourage anyone else discussing this to do the same, to avoid false assumptions.  Two radical options remained on the table throughout: that Notes may need a different editor/renderer for this content and that existing content may require a one-off conversion, if that content wants to leverage the benefits. There were also two key expectations we acknowledged: This was not intended to replace Notes Rich Text and not all existing Notes Rich Text should be converted. If the content...
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