Assume you have a database from an employee in ODS 43 format. The employee quit the company and you put his mail file on a DVD.
Whoooosh … 10 years later you are asked to find a special document in this database. At this time you’re running Notes 12.5 with ODS 99. I know, Lotus Notes will always be downward compatible …
What I want to say is, that all archive systems offer an option to have a copy of all or of all selected documents on a cd or DVD and you can hand out this storage to anyone, regardless if he or she has the associated appication installed on his computer.
The data is written on the storage together with a runtime version of the application the data is created with.
Will we ever have this feature in Notes ? Anyone at IBM reading this and like to leave a comment ?