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On 06/02/2012 07:35 PM, Andreas Säger wrote:
Am 03.06.2012 01:21, Jay Lozier wrote:

Can you please explain why you create docx and xlsx and not doc and

To keep others happy,

How can you be sure that you keep others happy with a poorly supported
file format? Why should a user of MSO be unhappy with doc/xls being a
second native file format of his/her office program?
He will never see any difference between doc and docx made by
LibreOffice except that chances are much higher to get a broken docx.
When you import docx back into LibO chances are higher that you do not
see the same document as the sender does because there are plenty of
features that do exist in MSO but not in LibO.
I think there is not a single _technical_ reason to export OOXML as
long as MS supports their old binary formats. And for the more
_emotional_ part: OOXML is made to fight ODF.

The real problem is that ODF 1.2 is not supported by MS and I am not
sure if MSO XP supports any ODF formats. The reasons for the MSOX
formats are thus political not technical. I use Linux almost exclusively
but must work with a MS dominated situation in the US. If I have no
problems with MSOX using Linux it is easier to promote LO (and Linux) as
viable options to others.

I understand your reservations about MSO formats but my problem is not
technical. In the US, most people are unaware of any FOSS or commercial
alternatives to MSO. When they find out I do not need MSO they are very
surprised, shocked may be more accurate. For example, US governmental
agencies (at all levels) almost exclusively use MSO and do not use any
other file formats except pdf. I understand the situation in Europe is
friendlier to LO than in the US

Jay Lozier

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