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On 2011/01/02 9:42 PM  Lee Hyde wrote:
On 03/01/11 03:17, Larry Gusaas wrote:
That is pure condescension. He is saying that because I do not write
code my opinion is worthless and nobody will listen to me.
That is hardly condescension, merely a statement of fact.

Yes it is a statement of fact. A perfect example of the condescension shown towards anyone who is not a programmer.

The reality
is, that if you or I want a greater say on matters such as these, the
best way is to become a contributor proper. To do so merely demonstrates
our qualifications to speak *authoritatively* on such matters.

So giving user support and reporting bugs is not contributing since it is not providing code.

In the context of this thread, two arguments have been made. One that
favours interoperability for the sake of pragmatism and user experience,
and one that favours crippling *LibreOffice* for the sake of politics
and principals. In my humble opinion, the steering committee made the
correct decision; *The Document Foundation* should not be bogged down by
politics, else it'll run itself into the ground.

Including the ability to write OOXML format is a political decision driven by the Novell and Microsoft marketing agreement. User experience? Ask that question of any user of older versions of Word after they receive a .docx document and are unable to open it.

I will stand by principle (not principal) over politics any and every day.

Larry I. Gusaas
Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan Canada
"An artist is never ahead of his time but most people are far behind theirs." - Edgard Varese

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