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RE: [opensuse] [OT] spreadsheet data exchange format?
  • From: "Carlos E. R." <robin.listas@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 12 Dec 2007 01:49:05 +0100 (CET)
  • Message-id: <alpine.LSU.0.9999.0712120101430.7298@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
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The Tuesday 2007-12-11 at 15:57 -0800, James D. Parra wrote:

Just wanted add my own experience with OO 2.x. Although I was able to get
most of my users to use it, anyone who used the Writer and Impress (which
doesn't) for anything with special page details and imbedded graphics were
sorely disappointed. Even after saving the document or presentation in any
MS format, all the formatting was lost or scrambled when opened in MS Word
and/or PowerPoint.

In order for OO to be useable for everyone and, hopefully, displace the MS
equivalents, OO will need to save in a way that anyone who uses MS will not
have any difficulty opening and viewing the content. For better or worse, MS
is the standard that the corporate user knows and uses as the measuring
stick. Once OO can accomplish that, all my users will switch to it.

Just my observation. Not trying to start a flame war.

No, you are right. I can choose to use OOo, and I do, but I recognize that those incompatibilities are a big obstacle for adoption. OOo needs not only be good, but better than the other; not being able to open documents and render them absolutely the same than MS O... that doesn't win adepts, no matter what the reasons are.

- -- Cheers,
Carlos E. R.

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