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

From: ian
Subject: Re: [Fsfe-uk] E-envoy and Open file formats
Date: 03 Aug 2003 16:56:30 +0100

On Sun, 2003-08-03 at 16:07, Martyn wrote:
> 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...
> <snip>
> > 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. (-: )

There is an OO.o reader project somewhere. The issue is not about
reading files, its about being able to have full edit capability.

ian <address@hidden>

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