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On 11/20/2012 01:17 PM, webmaster-Kracked_P_P wrote:
On 11/20/2012 10:21 AM, M Henri Day wrote:
2012/11/19 Paolo Debortoli <>

hi all.  i had the same problem receving via email from an office .docx
files. when I try to import the file in libreoffice it crashes and does not allow to import in any way. the solution I found is to open such file with gwoffice (google office app, you need a google account connected to use it) and save it in odt format always via gwoffice (then it is exactly
in lo format).  I think that opening such files shouldn't  be very
difficult  (I am not a programmer at all).


I must say I find this odd, as I've not experienced similar problems in
Writer. To test, I booted from my usual Ubuntu 12.04 into Windows 7 and
created two .docx documents in MS Office Word 2010 (Swedish version), one
the first strophe of a Swedish poem, the other a line from Thomas
Paine's *Common
Sense*. I had no problem opening either one in LibreOffice (Swedish Version (Build ID: 58f22d5)) ; to test further I sent the latter as an
attachment to a Gmail message to a friend in India who has an
English-language version of LibreOffice ( Build ID: 350m1(Build:2)).
He also had no trouble in opening and reading the attachment. Both these
two documents were, of course, extremely simple, no embedded hyperlinks or tables, etc, but for documents of this nature I am unable to reproduce any difficulties in opening .docx files in recent versions of LibreOffice. From what I understand, however, things can become more complicated when links
or tables are embedded in documents or when other LibreOffice functions,
like Calc or Impress are used....


I has a lady send me a .docx file of a "poster" that was very complex. It would have been easier for it to have been created with Publisher, CorelDraw, Inkscsape, or other non-wordprocessor, but she used Word and .docx. It did not load up properly with 3.5.4 or was it 3.5.5. I told her that the poster should have been sent as a PDF and then she agreed, and resent it out to everyone as a PDF file. That is when I saw how complex it was. I would not have tried anything like that in any wordprocessorlet alone saved it in .docx.

Now that MSO 2013's .docx format will not be completely compatible with the 2010 or 2007 versions of that format, FOSS users will have as much problems as users of earlier version of MSO. Also, I have read that if you want to get all of the package to work correctly, you have to use MSO2013 with Win8. It was designed to work with Win8 and seems not to work completelywith Win7. I also read somewhere that you should not even try to use it on Vista or XP, since the testers had big problems trying to install the 2013 beta on those earilier OSs.

I really think MSO changes the specifications for the OOXML formats so you are "required" to upgrade to the newest version of MSO to get the format to work properly. Forced upgrading as a way to getmore money from their users is as bad as their new "forced" "software rental" policies/penalties on the users. Oh well, I do digress.

So, the best solution is to try to get users to use the non-"OOXML" formats so any version of MSO 2000-2013 can use the files properly. Then there will be no problems with and FOSS office package users as well.

I agree totally. Any Word Perfect document ever created can be read by the latest Word Perfect Version. The European Commission for Interoperable Systems published a report in 2009 about Microsoft. A link to the report can be found here:
For the full report, click on the "click here" text at the end of the paragraph.




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