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Markdown som format för digitalt bevarande
2016 (Swedish)In: Tidskrift för ABM, no 1Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In the choice of file formats for preservation of text documents, there is a potential trade-off between preserving the integrity and usability of documents. This trade-off is first discussed in relation to four well established formats: plain text, PDF/A, Office Open XML Document and Open Document Text. These formats are then compared with Markdown, a relatively new so-called lightweight markup language. It is concluded that no single format is optimal with respect to the trade-off problem, when it comes to preserving typical documents in a modern environment, with more or less complex formatting and document structure. Therefore, the feasiblity of using two or more formats for preservation of a single document (e.g. PDF/A combined with Markdown and/or Office OpenXML) is discussed. It is necessary to weigh the importance of integrity and long-term usability against the costs of preserving documents in multiple formats.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2016. no 1
Keyword [en]
Integrity, Usability, Text documents, Markup language
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Information Studies
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-278982OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-278982DiVA: diva2:907308
Available from: 2016-02-26 Created: 2016-02-26 Last updated: 2016-03-16Bibliographically approved

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