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Stef Bon wrote:

I got a template.docx of my education institution, and tried to open
it using LibreOffice.
I found out too late - after I sent it, I got comments of receiver - that writer
did show the table totally wrong.

The .docx format changes slightly with each version of MS Office. Even newer versions of MS Office sometimes display documents created in an older version differently. For compatibility between MS Office and LibreOffice, the older .doc format is more reliable.

Also when working in LibreOffice, you should save your work it in Open Document Format (ODF), even if it was originally imported from an MS Office format. That way you avoid corruption which may occur by repeatedly exporting and importing the document. Only export a copy back to MS Office format if that's needed for sending it to someone else - keep your working copy in ODF.

Until now I was convinced LibreOffice is a good alternative for MS
Office, but I doubt it very much now. I had to use the (Microsoft
Windows) computers on the school with a recent MS Office to get it

So LibreOffice is useless because it can't fully understand a format defined by a private company? Despite the name, "Office Open XML" (the .docx etc. formats) as used by MS Office does contain some proprietary elements so is not completely open for others to reliably implement.

I've been talking with members of parlement about the use of open
source by the government, and was convinced it's a right thing. Now
I'm not so sure anymore.

Several governments have recently moved over to specifying that ODF should be used for documents. That's the main format used by LibreOffice. If transitioning to LibreOffice, it would be a good idea to also transition to using ODF.

I think it's not a very exotic table. It's a table in a table.
One note: I've tried Google Docs also, and that did not do it right either.

Attached you find the Template, and where there should be information
under the column "Lesplan", but it's not shown at all.
Also attached you find the complete new document based on the
template. I added text, but the first column I left unchanged. You see
ther are different rows there, which are ignored in the original
document (Template)

This mailing list strips attachments from emails, so they don't get through. You can either upload them to another hosting service and include links, or I believe the Nabble interface to the mailing list at can do this for you.

I hope you can solve this,

If you believe there is a bug in LibreOffice here (which is certainly possible), you can report it at where it will be tracked (rather than forgotten in someone's email inbox) and you can also attach the document there.

Be aware that this mailing list and the bug tracker are publicly accessible, so don't include anything confidential or otherwise sensitive.

Sorry I can't be more help. Others here may be able to suggest workarounds to this specific problem.


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