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Am 06.10.2012 17:37, Spencer Graves wrote:
On 10/6/2012 6:13 AM, Andreas Säger wrote:
Am 05.10.2012 14:09, John Clegg wrote:
I thought LO was emulating MSO 97??

Read-only is the only sensible way to open other people's files (web
downloads, mail attachments).


      What if I want to edit it?  Are you outlawing collaborative work? 
I'm confused.


Browsers and mail clients have 2 commands to handle document files. One
command for viewing and another for downloading. When you download a
document (or detach it from a mail) then you create a new file copy in
your own file system (home directory or Windows "My Files"). You specify
the location of that file and you get the ownership of the file. You can
find the file at any time and it will be included in your automatic backup.
When you "open" a document by clicking a browser link you get some other
computer's document *for viewing*. Technically, the browser downloads a
copy of that document to a *temporary* folder on your file system and
starts the associated application to open the read-only file.
Under no circumstance LibreOffice is able to change the read-write
status of any file on the file system. It is always your browser or your
mail client which creates the read-only copy for instant viewing before
the respective application gets started to show the file.
You do not know the temporary directory, the temporary file may have a
randomized file name, the temporary file might be deleted on next system

Some other applications may allow you to edit the loaded read-only file
but as soon as you save the file you would be prompted for a new
location since no application is able to overwrite a read-only file.
I definitively prefer the way how LibO handles the temporary, unknown file.

Collaboration on one document goes like this:
You open an inbox attachment for viewing.
You click the edit button, do your work and call File>Send>...
The incoming mail with its attachment won't be changed. Your outgoing
version resides in the outbox. When you save your document to disk you
better choose the ODF file format. When you send the file you choose PDF
for finished documents, doc/xls for collaboration with MS users and you
ODF for normal document exchange.

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