Good summary, worth more than 2 ¢! :)
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
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".
Not really. PDF which is an ubiquitous file format also has had support for
font embedding for years. All modern OSes support TrueType and OpenType
fonts. I think this is mostly related to the copyright licenses of the fonts
which is more problematic in editable files than in fundamentally
non-editable files (like PDF)
and ignoring m$ fans (some paid by m$ perhaps?) would help by reducing
that evolution time...
It's complicated :) If you want to attract large companies who want to
migrate, at least the Import filter needs to be nearly perfect. I think the
developers are wise enough to know when to ignore cheap CEOs who just want a
replacement for their Office suite for free while still demanding to have
perfect MS format Export...
In any case LO (or any ODF based suite) can not afford to become an island.
Not even Microsoft can :) That is why they pretend to support ODF (while at
the same time most ODF files not created/modified in MS Office are either
"corrupted" or will be "missing features"...)
At the end of the day: it's better not to be a fundamentalist ;)
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