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Re: [libreoffice-users] LO 3.5 corrupts DOCX completely


Hi :)
The DocX implementation is not perfect in MS Word.  There is allegedly an internationally agreed 'open' standard with the same name but inevitably there are deviations from that in MS products. 

LibreOffice is getting closer to the implementations used in MS Word but each version of MS Word implements 'the standard' slightly differently.  According to the Microsoft.Com website (or was it the installer for MS Office 2010) it also varies according to which OS you happen to be using.  So the way a docX is produced by MS Word 2007 on Xp may be slightly different from the way it's produced in MS Word 2007 on Windows7.  Some LibreOffice users find they become the "middle-man" between colleagues in the same office using MS Word who would normally have problems sharing files with each other because they use different versions of Windows itself.  Simply by opening and saving again in LO tends to fix the problems from either person and produces a document that magically works on both different MS Word users. 

MS keeps moving the goal-posts so if a document doesn't work then just post a bug-report about it.  The LibreOffice devs then get around to 'fixing' LO so that it reads the new mess created by or desired by MS Office.  

Personally i would recommend avoiding the MS formats and just stick with Odf such as Odt for word-processing.  If you need to share with MS Office users keep your original in Odt and just "Save As..." to get an MS format.  I tend to use Doc rather than DocX as it tends to get less messy. 

This is just my own opinion based on experience, comments on this and other lists and from having just installed MS Office on the networked machine at work.  It's not necessarily the view of TDF as i am not even a member of TDF.
Regards from
Tom :)


--- On Wed, 15/2/12, Gordon Burgess-Parker <gbplinux@gmail.com> wrote:

From: Gordon Burgess-Parker <gbplinux@gmail.com>
Subject: Re: [libreoffice-users] LO 3.5 corrupts DOCX completely
To: users@global.libreoffice.org
Date: Wednesday, 15 February, 2012, 13:02

On 15/02/2012 07:39, Jonathon Waterman wrote:
> Hmm. That's strange you are having this problem. I run Windows 7 Home 64
> bit and just created a docx file in MS Word 2007 - then modified it in LO
> 3.5. Afterwords, I was able to open it in Word with no problems.
>
> Could this be a problem possible unique to MS Word 2010?
>

Doesn't seem to be because it doesn't happen here with MS Office 2010
and LO 3.4.4.....

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