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[tdf-discuss] Re: OpenOffice dead and burried?


Hi Tor

Please no. We who have had to look at that codebase and even fix some
problems
in it are glad that it is abandoned. It is a huge unmaintainable pile of
XSLT,
and then some silly C# code around that.


(snip)


Furthermore, this allegedly Open Source project (hosted on soureforge)
includes
(for the benefit of its use as a plug-in to MS Office; not relevant when
used
from OOo) some binary bits with unclear (IANAL) redistribution license.
Fun.


Then I think it's time to create a proper C/C++ ODF importer for Word. If
this worked properly then this would be a further step in promoting ODF as a
"de facto" open format alternative.

If OOo and LO users keep having to convert to MS formats to send a file to
someone else then we are stuck with MS formats...

Obviously it is not an option to say "Hey, you just need to download this
150Mb installer and install this full office suite to open the 17Kb text
file I'm sending" :)

But maybe if there was a smaller, say 5Mb, Add-in for MS Office, that LO
users could suggest MS users to install it might make a difference...

It know this is all pretty obvious and I'm not having any epiphany (and
please don't ask me to start coding it because I can't and I KNOW LO is
short on developer time, Michael)

But this is indeed a major obstacle for LO and ODF wider usage (the other
major obstacle are the updates :) )


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