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On 1/1/2011 5:01 PM, James Wilde wrote:
On Dec 30, 2010, at 18:27 , 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.

I've read a lot of points of view in this thread, and received a lot of information.  For example, 
I didn't know that the docx format was supposed to be MS's open document format.  I just thought it 
was the latest update to MSO making everyone update to keep abreast.  So much for my knowledge of 

There was a huge battle over that; docx and its siblings are MS's "Office Open XML" (OOXML) formats, rushed through the ISO standards process with enormous still-existing problems. The standard was split into two parts -- the "Transitional" piece of the specification purports to document the implementation used since Office 2007, and the worst issues are in that part.

As regards Larry's comment, I endorse it.  Read is right, write is wrong.

Regarding the different pov's of posters about the advisability or not of writing docx, sometimes 
you've just got to take a stand, no matter what.  It's a case for the marketing guys, not the 


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