[CentOS] Re: DocX support in OpenOffice

Scott Silva ssilva at sgvwater.com
Fri Oct 19 00:50:03 UTC 2007

on 10/18/2007 5:08 PM Paul spake the following:
> On Thu, 2007-10-18 at 11:54 -0700, centos at 911networks.com wrote:
>> On Thu, 18 Oct 2007 12:45:56 -0600
>> Frank Cox <theatre at sasktel.net> wrote:
>> ...
>>> Perhaps it would help if you pointed out to them that the Open
>>> Document Format is an ISO standard for document storage and
>>> exchange, and suggest that they use that instead.
>> ...
>> Here is the basic problem with Linux! Over 1 million office 2007
>> users and they have to change their software because it does not
>> conform to the "standard". 
> Well there are some fortune 500 companies like the automotive ones that
> won't take office 2007 file formats and will not so kindly tell
> suppliers to save in Office 2003 format.
> I imagine there are 100s of millions of users using previous versions of
> office and can't read .docx without extra work ... why should a small
> handful push the rest of the world around??
>> Since Windows is about 90% of all the computers we have to adapt
>> to them. 
> Actually Office 2000/XP is probably the defacto standard if you are
> dealing with large companies.  The only reason Office 2007 has a
> perception of being a standard over OpenOffice.org who probably has a
> larger installed base is because of the "M" word in front of Office.
> Microsoft is pushing the issue making it impossible to buy office 2003
> unless you buy volume licenses because it is specifically forbidden to
> downgrade Office 2007 to Office 2003 or prior version.
> People need to push back and not just accept everything.
> Regards,
> Paul Berger
The big problem is when you install Office 2007 the default save format is 
docx. And if you set to to the older versions you get a warning dialog that 
you will lose features, become impotent and bald, etc...

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