Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 10th Jul 2007 18:06 UTC, submitted by Flatline
Features, Office Under the name Sun ODF Plug-in for Microsoft Office, Sun has released its import/export filter for the OpenDocument format, which the ISO has recognized as a standard, for versions 2000, XP, and 2003 of Microsoft's Office suite; the plug-in can be downloaded via our software repository. The extension allows users of MS Office to read and create text documents, spreadsheets, and presentations in the free OpenOffice suite and its commercial version called StarOffice.
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RE: fake hope
by bedo on Tue 10th Jul 2007 21:54 UTC
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ok, so I tried the plugin using word 2002.

it works for simple documents who has simple formating such as bunch of paragraphs and little alignment.

it fails miserably on a document with couple tables. nothing fancy, just two tables. It does not only fail, it actually tells me that I'll lose some formating if I use ODT. But, when I click YES. do the conversion regardless; it saves nothing, there's no file written to the disk. Even though I just clicked yes and instructed the plugin to do the conversion. it seems like a bug in the plugin causing it to choke on a document with two tables.

Why fake hope:
because now proponents of MS office can say; hey people can use MS office, and pick whatever format they like, including ODT if they wish, using the plugin. Which is not true, ODT plugin does not work for real word documents; it only works on simple documents with as little format as RTF documnets. Defying the purpose of using a powerful word processor. If I can only use simple format such as RTF with the ODT plugin. I'd rather use RTF an editor instead.

Why useless:
because as I mentioned earlier, from my recent experience with the plugin. the plugin only works with simple documents, so it's useless, because I'll just use an RTF editor. Why bother with a plugin.

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