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Re: [tdf-discuss] Do not support writing to OOXML format

On 31 December 2010 17:04, Cor Nouws <> wrote:

Gordon Burgess-Parker wrote (31-12-10 13:14)

 On 31/12/10 09:30, Jonathan Aquilina wrote:

FYI for those that aren't aware. Microsoft office 2010 supports ODF
format for opening and saving documents now.

So does 2007 SP2 as well. However in 2007 the opening of ods documents
has deliberately broken formulae....don't know whether they've "fixed"
this in 2010, or whether they even want to fix it...

(No idea if someone already answered this somewhere else in this thread, so
here I go ;-) )

MS sticks (anyway up until now) with the ISO-certified version of ODF.
In the mean time ODF evolves.
Formulae support is close to final, and for months already, there is very
little chance that there will be changes in the specs.
Even more: the formulae definitions in ODF have to a high level been based
on MS-implementations of formulae.
So MS could have made a choice to to implement close to final ODF versions
For OOo and others, it is completely logic and natural to offer support for
close-to-final ODF specifications already. ODF is the native format plus
that the open source suites develop so much faster, that it would be
impractical not to implement them.

Considering the opportunity cost of developing export filters against other
development priorities is certainly a valid consideration. Of course if it
is work sponsored by someone who would not spend it on anything else that
means there is no effective opportunity cost.


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