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Le 2010-10-07 08:16, Charles Marcus a écrit :
On 2010-10-06 5:15 PM, Jon Hamkins wrote:
I agree MSO 2007 and 2010 should be the priority, but a big advantage of
LibO could be that it *can* read older formats.  Government regulations
and company policies often require documents to be retained for years
and sometimes decades.  MSO 2007+ no longer allows opening MSO<97
documents, because it is unable to do so securely.  If LibO can open
these older documents, it's one more reason to switch away from MSO.


Also, since the old formats are pretty much static now, problems should
be minimal, but I also believe that people should still be able to
submit problem documents in those older formats, so if it is something
that can easily be fixed, it should/can be fixed. If not, then the
developer(s) who looked at it should document as much as possible the
resources that would be required to fix it, then submit it to a/the
'bug-bounty' list, so if the issue is near and dear to someone who has
the money to pay to fix it, they can.

I often help people with broken systems, and if OpenOffice could open older .doc formats, that would be great! It also sells the suite quite quickly to the system owner, when you return it, they are usually happy to find out that they now have accessed (and proper page formatting) of their old files through OpenOffice (LibO). This is a plus for keeping the support for the old formats.

In all reality, the older formats are no longer being developed and aren't most of these offered in older versions of OpenOffice? I imagine there isn't any need to examine and reverse engineer the code anymore? Keeping them on the list of supported formats in the LibO "File->open would be nice.


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