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If I sum up the problems with docx documents and with LO in general, best solution is to have a pc with linux and virtual box for running WIN7 and original MS Office. If you earn your money with these docx then you have to adopt your work flow to that.
You can not tell your customer to change his workflow.

You will see you have a lot of problems less, doing so.


On 2013-10-27 01:23, e-letter wrote:
On 25/10/2013, baldwin linguas <> wrote:

It's ruining my business.
I'm losing clients, losing money, and I have a family to feed.
And I don't know what to do about it.
OpenOffice won't write to .docx, and LibreOffice messes them up.

Perhaps you should compare the editing process using m$. Explain to a
customer that you are going to send two versions of the document (the
m$ edit version with name file1.docx and the LO edit version
file2.docx; don't tell that LO is being used!) and ask for
confirmation which version is received in better condition.

Hopefully both versions will have changed, in which case you now have
the opportunity to demonstrate to the customer that m$docx is a
dubious format to use.

If format loss never occurred with m$doc, ask the customer to send
their documents to you in that format and presumably you can continue
to use LO. However, LO is not an m$ clone and long term, you should be
advising your customer to create odf documents using LO (additional
consulting opportunity for you?)

Surely in business, you should be flexible in order to get paid? Would
you really refuse a € 1000 invoice because of the need to buy € 50
software? ;)

Good luck.


Gerald Pechoc
Fedora User

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