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On 12/31/2010 08:14 AM, Steven Shelton wrote:

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On 12/31/2010 10:03 AM, Kevin André wrote:
I would suggest the following instead. Support OOXML completely,
but when the user saves his/her document in a proprietary format
display a confirmation message which says something like: "You are
saving your file in a proprietary format. We cannot guarantee that
the file will still open correctly in another program. Please use
an open file format for saving your document if possible. Are you
still sure you wish to save in the current format?" And display a
checkbox below that can disable the message, or maybe add a note
"You can disable this message by going to Options->....." and have
no checkbox at all. And the message would appear by default even
for the binary MS formats (.doc, .xls, .ppt, ...).

This is a much better idea. However, I should note that even ODF
files--despite the hype--are not 100% on preserving formatting when
moved from one application to another. I have my letterhead saved as
ODF done in OOo, but when I open it in AbiWord the formatting is all
over the place.
Mostly because:
Also see:
[Improved OpenDocument Format (.odt) support]
and the OOXML statement following that is interesting:
Improved Office Open XML (.docx) support

As with OpenDocument Format support, we consider interoperability with
the Office Open XML (.docx) format popularized by Microsoft Word to be
very important. The Office Open XML import filter in AbiWord 2.8 has
seen great improvements as the result of funding through the Google
Summer of Code program. The import filter now supports all common
complex document features such as lists, tables, headers, footers and

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