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On 1/2/11 4:50 PM, James Wilde wrote:

LibO comes with support to read docx (which it converts to ODT), but not to write it.  When someone 
tries to write it, a notice comes up saying in effect that docx is a broken format which even MS 
doesn't think much of, and that LibO, in the interests of free standards does not support it in 
vanilla mode.  However, click on this button and we'll save in doc format. One might even provide 
two buttons (plus Cancel), Save as doc and Save as odt.

LibreOffice reads and writes OOXML, and I do not think that changing this behaviour can bring any advantage over the current situation in any geography. Most corporate users in Europe use OOXML if their company has switched to Office 2007, and they are not knowledgeable about document format. Avoiding the support of OOXML is not the best choice for the people that have to interoperate with these users.

Of course, we are going to educate users about standard formats, but this is not going to happen if we refuse to support a format or tell that OOXML is a broken format. We can get respect only if we respect our competitors. We are not here to fight Microsoft, and the OOXML support is not an assessment of the quality of the format (as it was for DOC, XLS and PPT).

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