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Hi :)
Would an acceptable work-around be to send 2 versions of the document?  The old and the new?  

In 'most' (?) cases people would hopefully already have the old version, or an even older one.  
Then hopefully the "Compare Documents" feature in the various different programs might provide 
roughly the same functionality?  Doesn't "track changes" have a way of allowing comments that 
show-up if you hover over a particular change?  I'm not sure of a good way to cover that sort of 
thing with "Compare" rather than "Track".  

Is there a good word to describe the feeling you get when you are unable to tear your eyes away 
from something fairly horrific that intrigues you and you are keen to see how it develops but at 
the same time knowing that it should stop but you have no control over it although you have a 
nagging feeling that you should be doing something to stop it, or at least stop watching?  

That is roughly how i feel about the new feature being developed to allow several people to work 
simultaneously on a document.  I can envisage several cases where it might be invaluable but i'm 
sure a lot of people will use it badly and get frustrated with any collaborative work.  

Regards from
Tom :)  

From: Dennis E. Hamilton <>
To: 'Robert Funnell' <>; 
Sent: Wednesday, 19 December 2012, 23:19
Subject: RE: [libreoffice-users] record changes weakness compared to m$

I trust there's no surprise that the OASIS Standard ODF documents are developed and maintained as 
ODF documents.  Tracked changes are critical to the work of the ODF TC and the review processes 
that the work goes through.

There is a subcommittee of the OASIS ODF TC working on extension/replacement of the tracked 
changes features for ODF 1.3.  That is in response to those who find the limitations of the 
current standard and its implementations unacceptable.  This requirement seems to emerge from 
users in public administration, somewhat akin to the use in law firms.

- Dennis

-----Original Message-----
From: Robert Funnell [] 
Sent: Wednesday, December 19, 2012 13:55
Subject: Re: [libreoffice-users] record changes weakness compared to m$

On Wed, 19 Dec 2012, Felmon Davis wrote:

On Wed, 19 Dec 2012, Bobby kneisel wrote:

  Unfortunately, where I work, this feature is used heavily ( and yest it is
  really, really annoying) but is considered a must have for our

  Bobby Kneisel

I wouldn't call it 'must-have' in my environment (academic) yet but I am very 
frequently confronted with it, e.g. today a colleague offered to a document 
back to me with 'changes' on; I reminded him I can't work well that way.

in my case, I also don't _like_ the feature. so much the worse for me.


For what it's worth, I'm in an academic environment and I use the 
record-changes feature heavily with students, collaborators and 
colleagues, some of whom use LO/OO but most of whom use MS Word and 
.doc files. I use LO/OO myself and usually don't have problems, except 
sometimes when there are lots of figures and equations. This has 
improved over time. I love record-changes and would be lost without 

- Robert

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