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On 2010/12/30 2:14 PM  Steven Shelton wrote:
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On 12/30/2010 12:27 PM, Larry Gusaas wrote:
I will not support or use LibreOffice
until it stops helping spread OOXML by enabling writing in this
file format. There is absolutely no need to write in this
proprietary format. To do so is contrary to the principle of using
ODF and open source formats.
On the other hand . . . isn't that doing exactly what MS does? Do two
wrongs make a right? I thought the idea behind this particular office
suite was to make any file accessible to the extent possible. That's
why I use it. Regardless of what LibO does, MS is going to continue to
use OOXML, and if the open source suites don't support it, then they
are shooting themselves in the foot and essentially doing MS's bidding
by ensuring that people who want to exchange files in that format have
to buy MS products.

You have it backward. If LibO writes in OOXML they are doing Microsofts bidiing. The world is slowly demanding open document formats. By supporting MS proprietary formats LibO is helping to perpetuate their hegemony.


Larry I. Gusaas
Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan   Canada
"An artist is never ahead of his time but most people are far behind theirs." - Edgard Varese

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