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       Maybe I can help,
          [see notes interspersed below]

From: Thomas Blasejewicz <>
Date: Wed, Apr 6, 2016 at 7:50 AM
Subject: [libreoffice-users] file format problem?

Good evening
I am not sure whether this is a LibreOffice (?) problem or just MY problem.
It happened before, but I will describe the latest episode.

I was working with Writer on a Word (.docx) file. As a translation job I
was supposed to overwrite that file.

   [MsFt does not necessarily recognize LO; had you opened this in LO or
MsFt? (docx is one of MsFt's files)]

The file contained images, tables and objects.
After being 2/3 finished, I saved the file, went downstairs and wanted
to continue working while having a coffee.
However, when I opened the file, saved in SpiderOakOne, I noticed, that
the latter 2/3 of the file were gone.

   [yet another program?]

Including 1/2 day of work.
Even archived earlier versions of the same file showed only the first 1/3.
Trying to open that file with MS Word, resulted in the following error:
"File Format error at
SAXParse Exception:
[word/document.xml line 2]:
Attribute w:hAnsi redefined
Stream word/document.xml line 2, column 73305 (row,col)"

   [suggestion: open LO - then attempt to open saved document, allowing it
to translate if necessary;
       hopefully, your file will re-appear.]

The file contained originally about 4300 Japanese characters.
Even though there was nothing on my screen beyond the first 1/3 of that
file, its size did not change.
When I deleted the second 2/3 of the original file, the original size of
470 kb shrank to 130 kb.
After I retyped all the lost work and saved that first as .ODT and then
later as .docx, file size was 23 and 16 kb respectively.

   [these are MsFt not LO documents.]

A different translator translating the same file (probably using MS
Word) into a different language had apparently no problems.

What is happening here?
Does this mean Writer has problems handling MS Word files?
Is it the incomprehensible .docs format?

   [that's a good word to describe MsFt  ;-)]

Do I HAVE to use Word for such file? Something I really do not want to do!
Is there anything to PREVENT this kind of event? (retyping my work all
the time will get me into real trouble!)

   [suggestion: use LO to open documents ... work with documents ... then
if necessary, save as MsFt to send to others
      - although if they too have LO, then no translation would be
necessary  ;-)]


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