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[tdf-discuss] Re: Old Bugs


Le 2010-11-02 12:05, Frank Esposito a écrit :
The point of the MSO-to-ODF and ODF-to-MSO converters not working 100% and
being a deal-breaker has been raised several times already. But I am not
sure as to what is being done as far as development. I think the devs are
just trying to clean up the existing code, work in long awaited patches and
stabilize for the 3.3 release right now.

But for the future, if LO is going to battle for market share with MSO,
(which the world currently uses now), the converters will have to be fixed.
There are two sides, Side one is that Microsoft does not follow standards
and ODF does so we should just make LO work to standards. Side two is we
should play Microsoft's game until we take their game away from them.

I see two priorities for long-term growth:
File compatibility should be a priority, in the very least opening and
saving MSO files with full compatibility

ODF adoption should also be a priority, the more LO can get the world to use
ODF instead of Microsft, the more people will use Libre/Open Office and the
more likely the chance Microsoft will have to fix their non-standards
compliant, broken file format.

just my thoughts....


Good points Frank and we also have to consider that Italo, our marketing guru, now says that in some European countries, OOo/LigO commands 20% market share and that ODF adoption is on the rise and is quite established.

The lack of ODF adoption in N.Amer. needs to be addressed by all groups employing ODF standards. We all need to promote its use where ever it goes, even down to the single player such as Peter.

And yes, MSO format conversions are not 100% and where there are power users like Peter, it may be difficult to rationalize using LibO when his customers are unwilling to adopt an ODF format which would simply work. There is always the option for Peter to propose a change in office suite to his clients and suggest that a free migration to LibO would save them quite a bit in expenditures and would still provide them with the same functionality as MSO but using the ODF formats instead.

In my opinion, I imagine the devs are trying as best they can to gain 100% file compatibility but it is all of MSO's interests to not let it gain such compatibility. Cat and mouse game.

Marc


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