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Bruce Byfield wrote:

- "layout fidelity" and "slideshow fidelity": Does this mean making the
screen display closer to output? Or something else?

Many people use Writer and Impress with sophisticated layouts, which sometimes create problems when printing or displaying, especially when there are multiple fonts with different metrics (something that should be avoided, but happens on a daily basis). In addition, documents are moved between platforms (Windows to Mac to Linux, and viceversa) and this increase fidelity problems. Many people do not understand the problems, and keep on creating them. Unfortunately, developers are the ones in charge of solving these problems adding features (which are welcome, of course).

- improved format conversion: Would this refer specifically to MSO
compatibility, especially for OOXML? or something else.

Definitely. Users are discovering interoperability, and the future should be one where we all use our preferred format (although at TDF we all prefer the same one, ODF, which is highly suggested), independently from the person we are sending the document to, because he/she will be able to use it without losing contents.

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