I have heard about this issue many times, and it always seemed important, but 
also seems too hard to understand and act on.  We could at least discuss 
possibilities online and at upcoming conferences.

Could we distill these issues online on a wiki page somewhere?   Or is it 
already done?
(1) what are the significant differences between pdf and djvu (or some new 
version of djvu that we could imagine coming up with)
(2) what partner organizations or developers would want to help or work on it?  
Is Internet Archive, for example, able and willing to work together on it, if 
we said specifically that this interests us?   Can they help at least describe 
the difficulty of the things we’re taking about?   Wikisource user group, some 
chapters perhaps.   It is hard for a network of nonprofits to take the lead 
here, maybe, compared to a focused company .  . . but maybe possible.

> On Apr 6, 2018, at 10:06 AM, Asaf Bartov <abar...@wikimedia.org> wrote:
> 
> Perhaps.  But the case would need to be made (in more detail, and more 
> compellingly) to the people who could decide that, and none of them are on 
> this list.  You'd probably have to convince managers of technical teams at 
> WMF if there is to be a chance of prioritizing it.
> 
>    A.
> 
> On Fri, Apr 6, 2018 at 1:33 AM Alex Brollo <alex.bro...@gmail.com 
> <mailto:alex.bro...@gmail.com>> wrote:
> As you know, djvu format is an excellent and open format, but its fate is 
> uncertain since it is overwhelmed by pdf, surely excellent, but closed and 
> very difficult to manage.
> 
> Even if a small part of djvu features are used by mediawiki, djvu in a 
> necessary tool for wikisource work. 
> 
> Unluckily, there's no sufficient work about djvu, and I see that recently 
> ABBYY discontinued the support of djvu format as output in its OCR engines. 
> This is probably the cause of discontinuation of djvu files output bi 
> Internet Archive.
> 
> Is it possible to encourage MediaWiki to devoid sufficient energies to save 
> djvu format to its fate?
> 
> Alex brollo
> 
> 
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