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Re: [tdf-discuss] ignore m$ legacy?


On Sat, Jul 30, 2011 at 03:05:18PM +0100, e-letter wrote:
This topic has revealed the following personal observations.

        ..........snip.........

The ability to import m$ formats and produce only native odf documents
would be a good idea. Users would have a clear choice to make; either
promote odf, or decide it is more important to produce m$ documents
and therefore such people should simply buy m$. Of course, opponents
of odf don't want to pay and therefore promote the "m$ is essential to
me" viewpoint. Either pay m$, or donate the equivalent to LO to
produce superior odf documents.

Assume for the moment that you are running a *low* budget start up
company and are dependent on the 3 or 4 customers you have managed to
land so far for your livelihood. Further, assume that these customers
require M$ formats be used for any documents being exchanged both ways.
Now your choices are:

A) use M$ compliant software
B) explain to them the advantages of open format documents, have them
think "who the Hell is this idiot to tell us how to run our company" and
lose that customer 

Now, my crusading friend, in war the motto is pick your battles. Believe
me, this isn't the right one.

-- 
Bob Holtzman
If you think you're getting free lunch, 
check the price of the beer.
Key ID: 8D549279

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