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On 24/02/2014, Pedro <> wrote:
Hi Jim

Jim Seymour wrote
This is all rather unbecoming, don't you guys think?

Not really. This is just the two extremist sides of the ODF vs MS-formats.
There are indeed some users (not Tanstaafl) who just want a free office
suite that perfectly supports MS-formats (and don't care about free file
formats as long as they can get the software for free as in beer). And
are the ODF fundamentalists (like e-letter) that say that LO should only
support MS-formats for Import and even so that developers shouldn't waste
too much time on that :)

Good summary, worth more than 2 ยข! :)

The problem here, as I see it, is that ODF is still in it's infancy. E.g.
only recently ODF (under LibreOffice 4.1) started supporting font embedding
which is an essential feature for anyone working with vector graphics,
custom presentations or simply elegant text documents. MS supports font
embedding since Word 6.0 (back in 1993!!!)

Isn't this issue affected by the fact that different operating systems
have different default fonts? If so, it would explain the relative
ease that the mono-platform m$ can solve this "problem".

LO and ODF are evolving quite fast but there is still a long way to go.

and ignoring m$ fans (some paid by m$ perhaps?) would help by reducing
that evolution time...

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