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Indeed it is good to talk - that's why we're here. And I'm glad you
did because now I am much clearer on what you mean (and to some extent

Like your own users, I have written format filters that use Microsoft
Office Word documents and, probably like your own developers, put a
lot of damned hard work into finding out what was actually in the file
structure I would be filtering from. And you are quite right about it
- those filters will not work with an ODF document.

The snag - and reason - is that ODF documents are not the same
internal structure as DOC documents are. Then again, neither are DOCX
documents and your users will hit the same problems with those. What
you seem to be up against is the proprietary internal structure of
Microsoft files. For the most part, you should find that saving the
documents in the Microsoft format appropriate to your filters will do
the trick, but even then you are likely to find some differences.

That really is not something we can do much about without hiring
Microsoft to make sure they are fixed - and that simply will not
happen, even if we wanted it to.

On 05/04/2011 22:54, Steve Edmonds wrote:
Hi Mark.
Possibly the environment that one works in has a significant result on
the problems encountered, and hence why it is hard to debug all problems
because they don't always arise until the environment changes.
I encounter little problem with spread sheets or power point, but mostly
with docs. May be that is the nature of the people I need to interreact
with and the way they use MO. Their pattern of use with MO creates
formats  that the filter developers have not encountered and hence my
It is good to have the discussion and bring out the issues so that they
can be assessed and addressed (one way or another).

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