[pmwiki-users] PmWiki default upload file formats

John Bowling johnlb2002 at cox.net
Mon Oct 31 19:49:41 CDT 2011

On 10/31/2011 09:43 AM, Patrick R. Michaud wrote:
> On Mon, Oct 31, 2011 at 04:44:03PM +0100, Eric Forgeot wrote:
>> I'd suggest updating this list: PmWiki should be open source friendly,
>> and therefore more open format should be added by default:
> I have no problem with the notion of updating the list.
>      ogg, ogv, mp4  +1
>> In addition to psd, xcf (gimp native format) could be added.
>> In addition to ai, svg could be added.
> +1
>> I don't think bmp or wav should be kept, it's quite bad practice to use
>> them on the web.
> Uploads to PmWiki aren't used strictly for display on the web; many
> places (e.g. educational institutions) use PmWiki as a library/
> archive of shared files.  Thus .bmp and .wav should be kept, if only
> because they're a very common file format (even if they aren't
> a common *web* format).
>> If it's for storage, flac (audio loseless compression
>> format) could be used instead of wav.  [...]
> I don't believe PmWiki should require transcoding to be used as
> a storage system.

Rather than replace anything, flac should be added just because it is 
superior in all ways to mp3. Not just for storage, but for all the same 
reasons as mp3.

What has transcoding to do with flac? Flac files should be from 
originals, not from some other coding that has already caused losses.

>> There are also more OpenDocument formats:
>> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/OpenDocument
>> At least .odg should be added.
>> .epub might be added as well.
> .odg and .epub +1
> Before adding any of the above to the defaults, let's be
> careful/certain that they don't add increased security risks.
> Pm

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