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@svenki: it is nice to know the problems with conversion are minor.  The
situation here is that the company does not have any plans to convert. They
live in a brand-named world and are preparing students for going to work in
the usa.  My main point was echoed in other posts here, that it is poor
planning to cut functionality, if we have it, and we do, to open and save in
...x formats. I had forgotten about the "extensions off by default" aspect
of Windows installations, but that makes it that much harder for core users
who have no 'cause' to understand what we prize about open formats.
You are right, this is definitely a computer-literacy issue, and it is
clouded by how operating-system GUIs are constructed. We have been
developing OSes for years with an underlying notion that core users should
not have to understand what was actually happening when they clicked their
mouse. Developers have trained core users not to care about the underlying

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