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On 21/07/2011, Dennis E. Hamilton <> wrote:
Yes, don't confuse ODF compatibility with (or LibreOffice)
compatibility.  I was in the room on one occasion when Microsoft was asking
for advice on their approach to ODF 1.1 Spreadsheet documents.

Unfortunately, none of us blinked about how this would work for users who
are unaware that ODF 1.1 has no standard for calculation formulas but think
that Calc is the standard.

I don't believe that ODF support was "broken."  The ODF support in Office
2007 is the first time that integrated ODF support appeared in Microsoft
Office.  I know there are bugs, some of them rather

Or deliberate..?

 - Dennis

(ODF 1.2 is a different story but I don't know the current status of
OpenFormula in LibreOffice and I have not seen anything on Microsoft plans
in this area.  I have seen a statement that Microsoft wants to present its
ODF plans for the next release of Office at an April 2012 Plugfest in

Thanks for your mention of open formula; a quick search revealed new
knowledge as I wasn't aware such an initiative was in place.

Is it viable to develop some sort of "open macro" language also?
Personally don't use them presumably such an interoperability feature
would be beneficial.

The issue of formula loss in spreadsheets is interesting. If a
spreadsheet is started in calc then the recipient must use calc also.
If someone develops a tool in calc, then the recipient has no
alternative but to install LO (or odf compliant alternative).

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