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


Guys... is there even a point discussing this more?

The summary is:
a) Allowing LO to handle M$ formats won't help people really break free
from the M$ stranglehold and will hurt ODF
b) Not supporting M$ formats means a serious hurt in the adoption of LO,
or anything that is not M$

Now, we can add some salad dressing on these, but that's the bottom line.

Personally, I think that I'm seeing a Don Quichote thing going on...

Why can't LO be a killer office that can handle _every document_ under
the sun? That's VLC reputation in the multimedia field, and that works
very very fine for them I think :)

As for the spreading of ODF, I suggest to pick a different battle: the
one where the governments make it the default format for all their
forms. Now _that_ would change things.

Marc-André Laverdière
Software Security Scientist
Innovation Labs, Tata Consultancy Services
Hyderabad, India

On 07/31/2011 01:31 PM, Gordon Burgess-Parker wrote:
On 28/07/2011 21:54, Olivier Hallot wrote:
I would prefer that LO import MSO format flawlessly but not export
them at
all...

IMHO that's a very shortsighted view. One of the main advantages (in my
experience) is the ability of LO to export direct to email in MSO format.
Consider the following scenario.
A user uses MSO 2007 or 2010 and they use the OOXML format by default or
by choice. If they then send a document to someone else that only uses
MSO 2003 or earlier, and the sender is not certain whether the recipient
has the Compatibility pack installed, they have to save their document
as a 97-2003 version and thus rapidly build up duplicated documents on
their machine in both OOXML format and 97-2003 format.

Now consider the LO user. Creates and saves documents in ODF format -
sends to an MSO user just by doing the Send As .Doc format. No
duplication of documents at all.
A really great feature, and one that assumes MSO document type support.
IMHO, a necessity in the current climate (particularly looking at the
growing practice of computer Vendors installing a trial version of
Office 2010 which reverts to a Starter edition if not purchased. That's
the danger as far as I can see....)


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