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Am 03.10.2011 12:30, Pedro wrote:

This is not a matter of being a clone. If a user or company wants to migrate
(and I believe that TDF and LO want that in spite of your personal opinion)
from MS Office to LO they need to be able to convert their existing

But then you need a software which supports each and every aspect of the foreign file format in the same way. This comes very close to writing a clone of the other software. This is why the Sun ODF plug-in for MS Office amounts to 80+ MB. It produces perfect ODF because it basically installs a clone of OOo 3.2 under the hood of the other office suite.

The dilemma is perfect when the application's native file format provides only a sub-set of the attributes that can be stored in the foreign format. This is why life would be so much easier if MS would support ODF. Their "bigger" software could do this much easier than our software will ever support their formats, particularly when they constantly "extend" their own formats in order to be as incompatible as possible.

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