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On 1/2/2011 4:56 PM, Bruno Girin wrote:
On 2 January 2011 17:19, Barbara Duprey<>  wrote:
On 1/2/2011 2:29 PM, Italo Vignoli wrote:
On 1/2/11 8:15 PM, Barbara Duprey wrote:

It would be good to know which works better for interoperability when sent
to an MS-only shop -- ODF or the current OOXML. In other words, is the LibO
version of OOXML a better product than the MS version of ODF? Very
interesting, if so. I'd like to know which to recommend. And of course the
Sun(free)/Oracle(not free) plugin for MS Office is a player in this
question, too. I know it's better than the MS ODF, but how does it compare
to the LibO OOXML?
OOXML wins hands down in this use case. Not because the LibO/OOo OOXML
is better than the Microsoft ODF or Sun/Oracle plugin for MS Office
but because the vast majority of MS-only shops don't bother installing
support for ODF in the first place. I went through this with a
customer recently: it ended up being a lot easier for me to output
OOXML or good old DOC than for them to install the right plugins to
read ODF. This is compounded by the fact that a lot of MS-only shops
are large companies that still use Windows XP with an old version of


I was under the impression that the vanilla versions of Office since 2007 SP2 could read and write ODF formats, with no need to install any plugins (but with their own special twist on ODF). From what you say here, that is not true; I haven't installed Office in a long time, and don't intend to, so I didn't know that ODF support was not automatic. (Actually, I'm glad it isn't! There's less chance of the MS version co-opting the market.) Obviously those shops using the old versions of Office need the corresponding version-specific formats, not OOXML in any form, and hopefully they'll tell their correspondents which one. For the case where the version is unknown, the XP format is the still the safest if you are originating a new document to send them that they'll need to be able to edit. And maybe it is the best even if you know they have a recent version -- that's still not clear.

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