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

Anyone remember Netscape?

It supported the W3C standards, Internet Explorer did not.  But, MS, through Frontpage etc., 
flooded the market with non-standard HTML.  To the user, it appeared that Netscape was 

As a few people have said, reading .docx (in whichever version) is needed.  Else, LibO 
appears to be broken.

However, which version would we write to?  There is not even a 100% guarantee that Word 
2014 will support the ISO version of OOXML.  Maybe it will support Word 2010's version. 
Maybe it will be slightly different (again).  Sounds like trying to hit a moving target.

If Word had full ODT import (and hence, complied with at least one ISO standard), this 
would not be an issue.

I'm glad I'm not making the decision!


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