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Re: [Fsfe-uk] E-envoy and Open file formats

From: Martyn
Subject: Re: [Fsfe-uk] E-envoy and Open file formats
Date: Sun, 3 Aug 2003 16:07:39 +0100

On Sunday 03 August 2003 15:38, Mike Taylor wrote:
> I absolutely agree that the .doc format (or, I should say, family of
> subtly different and mutually incompatible formats) is a hell-spawn
> pool of evil incarnate, and must be banished into outer darkness.
> However, the OO format is not going to be able to do that.  .doc will
> only be supplanted by another format that everyone _already_ has the
> necessary tools to read.  That means PDF or HTML.  (Disclaimer: I'm
> not sure how completely open PDF is.)

I think it can...

> It occurs to me to wonder whether a more fruitful strategy might be to
> persuade the government to require MS to open up the .doc format with
> proper, full documentation.  "It's a million to one chance, but it
> might just work."

I reckon it would be easier to write a MS-Word Plugin for reading ooo files 
(and then you can say - if you can't read it, go download the plugin. (-: )


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