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On Thu, 1 Mar 2012, Andreas Säger wrote:

Am 01.03.2012 15:20, Dag Wieers wrote:
 On Tue, 28 Feb 2012, e-letter wrote:
>  On 28/02/2012, Roger Sawkins <> wrote:
> > > I have Powerpoint on one machine and LibreOffice on another. I want
> >  to be
> >  able to edit and save PowerPoints on either machine. However, when
> >  loading
> > Ppt in Presentation it does not always convert font and layout > > properly.
> >  Occasional tabs or spaces are missing or duplicated; occasional text
> >  boxes
> >  have text outside the slide, etc.
> > Your are wasting your time. Make a cost-benefit analysis and decide
>  whether to use either LO or m$; do not bother trying to use both.

 Are we being rude today ?

 The case Roger describes is something we all encounter when
 exporting/importing PPT documents. And while we do not control how
 (various) Microsoft products behave when using ODF, we can undoubtedly
 do a better job at making sure the import from and export to PPT (and
 PPTX) is smoother.

Really? Can we realistically do a better job when millions of users want another set of MS features each and every day? When downloading the Microsoft *viewers* for WinWord, Excel and Powerpoint, these three *viewers* cover the file formats doc(x), rtf, xls(x) and ppt(x). Their download size is close to the download size of (single language, no extensions but including additional components, 4 macro languages and read-write access to dozends of file formats). How much coding does it take if you are aiming to 100% compatibility with their proprietary file formats? What does it mean that the specification of OOXML weighs 8 times more print pages than the specification of ODF?

Why are you so defensive ?

Open Source thrives on people that are interested in a certain subject, and one of those subjects could be improving the PPT import and export filters. Even if you personally are not affected by such improvements, why would you go against any such progress ? Why can users that experience a problem not report this to the benefit for those who would like to see this fixed ?

Why are you concerned with what other people are willing to spend their free time (or maybe even paid time) on ?

It's one thing to have a personal preference over what *other* people do, it's a completely different subject if one is being condescending to users who have different expectations or use-cases than yourself.

-- dag wieers,,
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