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On Sun, Jan 2, 2011 at 7:26 PM, Bernhard Dippold
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Hi Barbara, all,

Barbara Duprey schrieb:

On 1/2/2011 2:29 PM, Italo Vignoli wrote:

On 1/2/11 8:15 PM, Barbara Duprey wrote:

Italo, one of the things that would make me (and maybe others here) feel
better about OOXML support is if writing to the XP formats causes LibO
to make compromises that do not have to be made going to OOXML. That is,
if documents developed under an ODF application can be converted to a
higher-quality product, in terms of compatibility of features and
formatting, when going to OOXML (even in the Transitional formats) than
they can when going to XP. Is that the case?

[...] I do not know if writing OOXML has a higher
level of compromises than writing in the old MS proprietary formats,
because I am not a technical expert and I trust on developers and
engineers for these issues. I suppose that there are different

[...] So I'd like to know what that is -- and there still

seems to be a possibility that for new documents constructed in LibO,
writing the XP formats provides better interoperability than writing the
OOXML ones. That's not a FOR or AGAINST issue, it's a matter of product

It would be good to have some test documents, to convert them from one of
the formats to the others and find out the best interoperability solution
for the present versions of the different software packages.

This is a task for community members owning the MSO packages as well as
LibO. They don't need any programming skills, they don't need to be experts
in marketing, QA, UX or any other part of the community, but they will
probably support the work of all these groups with the result of their work.

So, if anybody wants to provide a "substantial contribution" as mentioned in
the Community Bylaws, this might be a topic to work on.

But as this mail is buried under a huge discussion, she/he should start a
new thread, ask for co-workers, define the test documents and help us all
with the results.

Best regards


Koffice (I guess Calligra now) already has a set of ms office test
documents.  See here:

Rather than getting your own set of test documents, I think it would
be better to share a document set with the Callgira developers.
First, this saves resources for both groups, since documents added by
one will be available to the other.  Second, it helps guarantee
interoperability between the two suites.

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