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Panley-Munson ACM paper on version-aware file format
LibreOffice Writer doesn't offer a Source Code Management (SCM) friendly file format for saving documents. Popular SCM's such as git, svn, etc. see the current file formats as binary blobs and therefore can't do simple text diffs of changes between document revisions. Meenu Pandey and Ethan V. Munson have published an ACM paper proposing a version-aware LibreOffice document format, however this solution doesn't solve the problem of storing documents in an SCM-friendly format which is being asked for in this enhancement request.
Very interesting paper! Thank you very much.
There is Flat ODF.
Not having read the paper, in my opinion, the Flat ODF format is still not a perfect fit. Among other issues, it is rather "chatty" with e.g. a time-stamp embedded in every save which makes diff:in and merging challenging.
In my opinion, we should keep this RFE open to decide what to do with it. Modifications to the Flat ODF? A new format? Or something entirely different...
A new libreoffice-specific document format is the last thing we want.
*** This bug has been marked as a duplicate of bug 88298 ***