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On 22 July 2011 02:06, Andrew Douglas Pitonyak <> wrote:

On 07/21/2011 09:43 AM, Gordon Burgess-Parker wrote:

On 21/07/2011 14:23, Andrew Douglas Pitonyak wrote:

I am of the opinion that good inter-operability with MSO products makes
it easier to attract new users and that poor inter-operability with MSO
products makes it more difficult.

 I quite agree.  As (I would say) between 90 and 95% of the business
world uses MSO, there's no incentive to change from MSO if the alternatives
aren't 100% compatible in terms of formatting, other than cost of upgrading
and the activities of the BSA and its' companions.
My wife sends me documents written in Office 2003 which sometimes are so
badly mangled when I open them in OO or LO that I have to open them in MSO
to see what they should look like. And these are in general not complicated
documents....Having said that, then there have also been instances of
formatting incompatibilities between different versions of MSO....

 Much depends on the formatting that is used. Simple documents usually have
no difficulties. Realize that in OOo I can represent things that I cannot
represent in MSO and the opposite holds as well. Images anchored to
paragraphs are particular troublesome.

Open Source Consortium is currently trying to get a UK government policy to
use simple document layouts for interoperability where ever possible.
Discourage unnecessary decoration, complex tables etc. IMHO it would improve
their documents in any case an lower the production costs so better for the
tax payer.

Andrew Pitonyak
My Macro Document:**AndrewMacro.odt<>

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