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Re: [Fsfe-uk] File format import/export

From: ian
Subject: Re: [Fsfe-uk] File format import/export
Date: 05 Aug 2003 10:59:01 +0100

On Tue, 2003-08-05 at 10:00, Ralph Corderoy wrote:

> Only if demand for the OO file format grows, i.e. significant customers
> have to produce an OO file alongside the MSO one.  If MSO can't export
> OO then the customer has no choice but to obtain OO to import the MSO
> file and then save natively. 

Except that the person they are exporting to will have OO.o which can
then import the .doc file - unless MS do something with MSO 2003 to make
that very difficult to do which is always a possibility.

>  This means they have both and might prefer
> OO having seen it in the flesh.  If MSO adds OO export then some
> customers, maybe many, will stick with MSO for all the perceived
> benefits it has over OO, e.g. `Microsoft' label on the box, `support',
> etc.
> I'm not arguing it's worth doing, just pointing out one scenario where
> MS may add OO export.

I think the main reason would be if OASIS make it an Internationally
agreed standard and large M$ customers say we only buy software that
conforms to international standards. There are some pretty influential
members of OASIS some who are primarily customers rather than IT
suppliers eg Boeing.

ian <address@hidden>

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