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David Hanson wrote:

Hello.  I've been exclusively a Linux user for more than 10 years.  Unfortunately  practically all 
of the undergraduates I teach are still windoze droids, so I have to grade their papers in .docx 
format now, and I don't have a windoze machine to do it on.

The problem is that somehow Bill has found a way to make .docx files containing graphs impossible for 
LibreOffice, OpenOffice, or odfconverter to handle.  See attached example.  The original version of this file 
(before I redacted the names and saved it from libreoffice) definitely contains embedded graphs probably 
imported from EXCEL. But nothing at all shows up in libreoffice 3.3.2 after the student's headings "Part 
A: Graph " and so forth.  Openoffice 3.1 and odfconverter give the same result.

Is there any insight out there?  Conversion from .doc format works better, but as true windoze droids these 
students can barely cope with instructions like "save your file in .doc format before turning it 


Why not set the standard and require ODF format? Barring that why not have them submitted as .doc which has better conversion? MS does not follow the "published standard" that they pushed through the ISO committees so it is hard for third party programmers to match the format. It is actually harder than the reverse engineered .doc format.


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