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KDE Better late than never: "With more than 1500 improvements since the first beta release of the 1.5 series, the KOffice developers invite the user community for the final round of testing of KOffice 1.5 before the first release candidate. Read the full announcement, the changelog, download the release, and give it some real world testing for us!"
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"Screw Compatibility"
by seishino on Wed 15th Mar 2006 14:36 UTC
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2005-09-10

For those of you who don't know, Microsoft's Office "formats" are intentionally the most difficult, cryptic, random-seeming file that their teams of people can make it. This is why saving as a word document immediately bloats the file. Rumor has it that the only way that newer versions of office can read the older files is by including the older binaries of the Word executable in the new one. They're the biggest nightmare money can buy.

That's why people say screw compatibility. It isn't from a delusional view of the world, it's from having fought this well-funded moving target for years. You can pour hundreds of thousands of man-hours into creating near-perfect compatibility for your app, but MS's next release will break that completely putting you back to square 1.

In general Doc compatibility seems less important than in years past. Everyone and their grandmother can generate PDF files these days. Lots of people are putting data up on websites in wiki format, or other data-sharing server-side apps. And people in general are more savvy / more willing to save as a PDF if you ask. It's not perfect, but it's nowhere near where things were in 1997.

PDF files are basically what gets sent to printers, BTW, which is why it shows up on the KDE and Apple Print dialog (even though it probably shouldn't). You can get a lot of freeware converters which will appear as a printer to your system and will just tweak the formatting to PDF and output to file.

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