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I'm following this thread since the last week and I believe that this
is an extremely important discussion for us all.

I support the initial idea of concentrating our work force on better
ODF support and functionality improvements in LO, but I also
understand the need that people have to use LO to manipulate MSO

To be honest, the far we keep 'good' MSO support on LO, the more we
are contributing to maintain the status quo of MS formats, so I'm not
proposing to stop it right now, but to start thinking about a date to
do so (i.e. we'll keep the support until the end of 2012, and after
that, we will not maintain that development... what's done is done,
but we'll not put efforts on improving it after that date).

This proposal is almost aligned with what Microsoft did with their ODF
implementation (the "Implementation Notes" that Dennis is always
talking about, where they simply stated "we will not support that" and
period), and also aligned with the way we do things at standards
development (we mark something as deprecated on one version, keep that
as deprecated on the next one and on a version later on, when almost
nobody is using that feature, we simply remove that from the spec).

In summary: It's good to users that we support MSO files, but the real
world side effect of that is that people will keep using MSO files...
it's up to us to find a way to change the Status Quo in a smooth way

My 2 cents,


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