[aprssig] Combined APRS 1.1 document legalities

Rick Widmer yahoo at rickwidmer.com
Fri Dec 9 14:54:41 EST 2011

Replying to this message because it was the last I received...

On 12/9/2011 10:09 AM, Stephen H. Smith wrote:
> I use the open-source "PDF Creator" which is an application wrapped
> around the (also open-source) "GhostScript" clone of Adobe Postscript.

I have CutePDF on another machine.  I haven't tried PDF Creator, but 
since it is a print driver, I am afraid it too will be missing some 
critical features I desire.  For example: click-able table of contents 
and index entries; click-able "See <some topic> on page xxx" notes 
within the text; and the big bummer for me, the outline.  I was 
expecting to populate the PDF Bookmarks sidebar with the outline.

Using Open Office does allow the Contents, Index and intra-text 
hyperlinks to work, but it has a totally different concept of outlines, 
and I don't yet know how to control the bookmarks.  They worked so 
nicely in Word.  Open the sidebar and see a list of chapter titles, each 
with a +/- button in front that allows you to see lower level headings 
as desired.  I can probably get it working with Open Office, but it 
isn't there yet.

On the other hand, creating many table of contents entries looks much 
easier in OO, so many chapters may have their own contents page at the 

The real problem right now isn't how to generate the document.  I just 
had to complain when I found that the expensive commercial programs 
would not do the job.  I've spend about 20 hours in the conversion to 
Open Office, so I am fairly well committed to it.

The real problem, I have just collected pages from the web and tried to 
organize them into a document.  I have almost no original content within 
the document.  I need permission from the copyright holders of the 
original documents before I can distribute it.  That pretty much boils 
down to Bob and Stephen.

I think it is safe to say that much of the aprs.org web site is in the 
document, as well as the sections of wa8lmf.net related to APRS symbols. 
  If either of you would like to see it before you decide, let me 
know...  I don't want to send a 1000+ page 24MB attachment as a surprise.

Rick   KD7VKZ

p.s.  One bit of original content from the document...

F 1 Forward to version 1.0.1a

There have been many complaints on the APRS lists about the fact that 
the APRS specification isn’t all in one place.  This document has been 
created to correct that.

Since the information in http://www.aprs.org/aprs11.html was approved by 
the APRS-WG on 30 July 2004, I am limiting changes in this document to 
those listed on that web page.  The web page is an Addendum to version 
1.1 so I have retained that version number, appending an ‘a’ to signify 
the previously approved changes have been added to the document. This 
also prevents a collision with the already existing 1.2 version of the 
APRS specification.

Currently this is a very deep copy of aprs11.html, and all the pages 
referenced by it.

Once this is complete and peer reviewed I will consider creating a new 
document with the changes listed in http://www.aprs.org/aprs12.html. 
The 1.2 changes have not been approved by the APRS-WG, so decisions will 
have to be made by someone besides this editor on what to include in 
that document.

Rick Widmer, KD7VKZ

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