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On 01/01/2011 11:29 PM, Barbara Duprey wrote:

Several of the comments here suggest a middle road, allowing the save
but with a message clarifying the limitations of the format (and perhaps
recommending use of the XP formats if interoperating with an MS-only
shop; their ODF support is not truly interoperable at a reasonable
level, the older formats come closer). That seems reasonable, at least
for editing documents that are received in these formats -- I'm not
convinced it should be allowed for new work, though. At the least, the
SaveAs dialog should label the format using the word Transitional. It
probably makes sense to start working towards OOXML "Strict" export as
soon as that is a reasonably stationary target, though. Wouldn't it be
great if LibO were the first implementation compliant with the ISO
standard? And if the other FOSS implementations also headed there, we
could beat MS at their own game!

Standards support is a thorny field. The reality is that no one supports a standard by default, but only with a specific choice in configuration (including LibreOffice with ODF, as 1.2 is not yet the standard format and 1.2 Extended is not going to be a standard).

Supporting OOXML Strict today would make LO not compatible with MS Office, and users do want interoperability and not just standard compliance.

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