Am 24.07.2012 03:03, 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 format
with MS Office users (preferably in a business environment), and what was
the reaction? What problems
-- I rarely share any office documents with users of MS Office. I open
MS Office documents in MS Office software (free MS viewers for Word and
Excel). If there is no Windows box at hand, I can always read the
document content in either one of Libre/OpenOffice or AbiWord or Gnumeric.
-- I send printable documents in PDF format.
-- I send emails in plain text.
-- In very rare cases I've got to co-edit the same document with a
remote user of MS Office. I consequently reject OOXML (docx, xlsx).
Every MS Office user can save the much more compatible doc and xls
easily. They have zero trouble with doc/xls but we have lots of trouble
with this pestilence of a file format called "office open xml".
Then I invest some time to clean up most of the hard formatting. They
always keep my version of formatting and structure.
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 experience.
I have been sharing a simple spreadsheet document between LO (at home) and
MSO (at work) in the OD format. The experience has been interesting on the
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 errors,
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 ODF
raises a warning *every single time*, with no opportunity to say "stop
It is not in the interest of Microsoft to support our document format.
The half-hearted support they added in tiny steps since 2007 was due to
political pressure. They would not do this deliberately.
I do not believe in their ODF support until I see some non-trivial
documents made by MS Office.
I know most of us still have to deal with both suites. I just wonder if
anyone else (how many???) has experienced similar issues.
No, I do not deal with MS Office since 2002. I've never used any version
newer than the version of 2000.
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