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Re: [tdf-discuss] ODF compatibility [was "Why Microsoft...]


Apologies for top posting, but I am writing from mobile. That article is totally inaccurate, as there wasn't any court case between Microsoft and the UK government. Microsoft announced a "best effort" support of ODF (as well as Google) based on the UK government decision for ODF, but the technical limitations of the office applications does not allow for 100% fidelity, as Word redlining is totally incompatible with the standard and Excel leap year bug does not allow to support date representation according to the standard calendar (so called Gregorian). Issues with OOXML are so many that perfect ODF compatibility will never be achieved by Microsoft Office.

Writing to members of UK parliament - who are not competent about document formats (the decision was inspired by a technical committee of international experts I was involved in, although I do not see myself as an expert) - or OASIS ODF technical committee (they look after ODF technical issues and not OOXML compatibility problems, which are a case of competitive marketing) will never trigger an answer.

I personally think that the discussion is relevant for LibreOffice advocates, because LibreOffice is ODF reference implementation and LibreOffice advocates should know how to position the software against other office suites. The case is not technical, as the document format is the most important lock in strategies for proprietary office suites.

Best, Italo


Il 8 Luglio 2016 07:26:55 Edmund Laugasson <edmund.laugasson@gmail.com> ha scritto:

Dear all,

There was also court case between Microsoft and UK government -
http://www.itproportal.com/2015/03/30/microsoft-will-adopt-open-document-standards-following-government-battle/

But it seems that Microsoft does not respect the results of that court case
- still the incompatibilities exist - how to solve this? Does anybody in
this list know more about that court case and possibly people who are
behind that? I would like to investigate that case a bit more. I tried to
contact with British parliament member but they did not respond even I used
all honour titles respectfully.

Thank you,
Edmund Laugasson

2016-07-07 17:22 GMT+03:00 Joel Madero <jmadero.dev@gmail.com>:


> Is this the official statement of the OD-foundation or only yours?
>
> You know the GPL? This is a 100%-thing, too. You have to do it 100% or
> your are not allowed.
Well considering you're asking on a LibreOffice email list and not on
the OASIS email list - obviously I'm not speaking for OASIS
("OD-foundation"). Feel free to email them with your questions as this
seems like the wrong place for this discussion anyways.


Best,
Joel

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