Thanks for response, Al. Now it's been years since I used Windows ... so am ignorant (and glad to be, BTW) ... does opening a file on that platform still have in the prompt to opening a file, 'do this all the time with this file type'? Windows still have a registry? IF the system is told to remember open .json files with NotePad or whatever, does that then affect browsing/other apps?
Sad story from NT 4.0 days ... district tech director working on an NT server used Netscape to download an installer exec. Wasn't paying attention and told the server to use Netscape to open all .exe files. Can you imagine the havoc there after?
BTW, this same district tech director didn't loose their cool ... had another NT 4.0 server that was a mirror of the one she was working on and researched how to get the registry from that box to the one messed up. Yes, not ideal, but .... small rural school which very seldom had any 'drive by's' by anyone with technical expertice and worked with schools.
I know ... here it comes ... well, why don't you (meaning me) work on that. Have always confessed am not a programmer so ....
Now I read over GDPR ... when I could stay awake ... and didn't see (but could have missed it) anything that stated what the requester got as a file/files, had to be in XYZ format ... or even humanly usable.
This, however, is probably being discussed/cussed ...
"Many firms that have begun GDPR preparations have
found hidden or ‘dark data’ to be an early challenge when responding to a
DSAR. Image-based documents like TIFFs and PDFs make up a large portion
of these hidden files. As they lack the text layer that search
technology relies on they are essentially invisible. Making data
discoverable enables true risk assessment and a complete DSAR response.
Missing documents in a DSAR can result in costly disputes, drawn-out
negotiations, and potential penalties.
The most effective solution is employing a software
application that trawls through document repositories, assessing which
files need to be submitted to Optical Character Recognition (OCR)
technology. OCR scans image-based documents and applies a text layer,
making them discoverable. contentCrawler from DocsCorp is one such
product. It runs in the background 24/7 without the need for staff
DSAR responses will also involve providing a high
volume of documents to the requester. A program like pdfDocs from
DocsCorp automates the process of converting and assembling vast amounts
of documents into a single or multi-PDF binder, which can be
distributed to clients or third parties quickly and securely."
Hmmmm ... there might be life/another purpose for unoconv yet!!!
'spirit of sharing', Ken