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2012/7/24 Anthony Easthope <>:
I have a comment on the error dialogue.
I once got into a heated debate with my ICT teacher earlier on this year
and in the debate the comment was made by her that: "Microsoft with that
error dialogue are really just trying to insinuate that their products
are superior to others"

I in a way kind of agree with her because Microsoft have always insisted
that the MO range of extensions should be the industry standard. Due to
this sort of approach I find roadblocks when trying to submit work in
.ODT format to institutions such as NZQA (New Zealand Qualifications
Association). they keep getting angry at me for using a so called "UN
recognized file format". I have now managed to persuade my school and
some other institutions that for a truly open submission and form of
collaboration that the use of ODF standards should be encouraged. the
major problem with persuasion is that people are not willing to make the
change is due to the lack of knowledge of understanding of opensource
and how it can really become better than commercial counterparts.

With education there can be a global revolution in the sense that open
source programs such as LO will become commonplace and the illegal act
of actions such as piracy (search on youtube "crack microsoft offfice
2010" to see what I mean!) will almost cease,

Anthony Easthope

On Mon, 23 Jul 2012, at 09:03 PM, Don Parris wrote:
I would like to take something of a straw poll, if that's ok.  I simply
want to know whether any of you have shared documents using the ODF
with MS Office users (preferably in a business environment), and what was
the reaction?  What problems

I am not seeking advice on how to share documents with MS Office users.
 Nor am I interested in an in-depth analysis of why one might experience
problems in sharing such documents.  I simply want to know your

I have been sharing a simple spreadsheet document between LO (at home)
MSO (at work) in the OD format.  The experience has been interesting on
MS Office side of it.  I get error messages (that don't seem to be real
errors), and if I choose the "repair" option, it claims to fix the
and even gives me a link to click to see the list of alleged corrections.
 The list is just a near-empty XML document.  And to save a document in
raises a warning *every single time*, with no opportunity to say "stop
warning me".

I know most of us still have to deal with both suites.  I just wonder if
anyone else (how many???) has experienced similar issues.

D.C. Parris, FMP, Linux+, ESL Certificate
Minister, Security/FM Coordinator, Free Software Advocate
GPG Key ID: F5E179BE

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Whenever I share office files (mostly spreadsheets) with people I
export them to PDF first. People are not supposed to edit my files
(besides, the next version of MS Office seems to be able to open PDF
files and edit them as if they were MS Office documents). Most of the
people I know have LibreOffice or installed, so it
could happen that I share an ODS file or two… I rarely use Writer.
When I write something, it's often things that I need to remember,
small notes of different kinds, and then I find things like Tomboy
Notes (GNote if Mono is not an option) more intuitive. I have never
used Impress, and I never will. Just hate when people use presentation

Kind regards

Johnny Rosenberg

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