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Paolo, thank you for focusing on this EU "angle", and to all the others for
so many and so rich interventions, IMO (y).

Portugal, as far as I know, and just to give easily observed data -
information/intel -, has been working in the area of interoperability,
since June 21, 2011.

On November 8, 2012, with ODF 1.1.

On January 5, 2018, with ODF 1.2.

IMO this means that, under normal conditions, interoperability would be an
issue for microsoft to worry about, and discuss within itself, and not for
the L.O.
Because people deal with each other and with companies, and everyone deals
with government institutions.

So, whoever, like me, wants to "fight" for the L.O., first or at the same
time, will have to "fight" against the EU, Germany(von der leyen, team),
your own national or local government, ...
Where some of you can say: We have been there, done that, and even have the
T-shirts to prove it :) .

On the other hand, some time ago, I saw the Board of Directors election
videos, 2021, and they talked about lobbying in the EU, costs, etc...

Bearing in mind the topic, and for the "How we are different" table, I
think it may or may not be relevant - in normal conditions - to mention
something along the lines of:
- Libreoffice is in line with European law and directives blah blah blah,
for blah blah blah, on open software and interoperability blah blah
blah, according to the European directive blah blah blah ...

Note: For private users using microsoft. Private scientific and research
data has to deal with government institutions, like all the others, and
they will have to solve their interoperability problems. Ask microsoft :) .

Filipe Gomes Morgado *is using:*

On Sun, 26 Dec 2021 at 20:29, Paolo Debortoli <>

Hi.  there is another legal  EU issue  (inside the European Union),  which
is important.   Please understand that I can mention but not explain it,
because I am not an expert in this field.

Eu has made since years open data  (definition:
for public administrations.  I think the last version is directive UE
2019/1024.   so, imnteroperability and availability are not only
comfortable, but mandatory.

this should be also for scientific and research data.

so, I guess,  proprietary data format are not suited for this purpose.


On Sunday, December 26, 2021, 07:56:00 PM GMT+1, Ravi Dwivedi <> wrote:

On 26/12/21 6:26 pm, Italo Vignoli wrote:
MS Office documents carry 80% of all malware because they are
intentionally complex, in order to perpetuate user lock-in (the more
complex the document, the lower the chances that third party software
such as LibreOffice is able to interoperate). The hidden complexity is
strictly related to the way OOXML - MS Office pseudo-standard format -
has been intentionally developed. So, this means that switching from
OOXML to ODF - LibreOffice standard document format - would reduce
security issues by a significant percentage.

This one is an interesting point. I would like to read more about it.

Italo, can you please send some article(s) on it? or we can write one too.

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