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On Wed, 2014-04-23 at 10:24 +0200, Alex Thurgood wrote:
The dev working on LO didn't like the StarOffice binary filter code

        Hated it with a passion is probably a better description than "didn't
like" - that code screwed us over and held us back very significantly.
It was a cut/paste of almost (which is part of the problem, the shared
code was really hard to change) the entirety of an ancient version of
the code-base, and a disaster in a box from so many aspects - whether
security, maintainability, binary download size, etc. etc. 

 so they got rid of it

        Whoot :-)

There was nothing seriously broken about the binary filter code used to
support those binary sd* file types

        I beg to differ =) That it mostly still worked doesn't mean it was not
fundamentally broken in many ways that are not immediately visible to
those not involved with the code particularly around its design and

Well, thank you for listening to my little rant for today, I'll crawl
back under that rock I call LibreOffice QA, ROFLMAO.

        Heh - so, the solution to this problem is (IMNSHO) to work on the new
libreveng versions of these filters to (at least initially) rescue the
core data, and ultimately the full feature set in less code, and inside
a much cleaner and more maintainable infrastructure. Its not such
difficult work even - it doesn't even require re-building the main
LibreOffice code (just that particular smallish filter), and I'm sure
Fridrich & co. would love help there if newbie developers want to get



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