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*haha I only use MS office crap to do to Thomas's stuff and that is inside of virtual box and I drop files on the Win-crap folder on the linux desktop and then open it in windows with MS Office trying to get something done in Linux libreoffice calc to avoid windows crap . . I have not yet learned Ink scape vector Graphics yet it is close to Corel Draw


On 07/25/2012 12:25 PM, Andreas Säger wrote:
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
warning me".

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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