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Re: OT: Massachusetts Verdict: MS Office Formats Out



Tony Nelson wrote:
At 10:50 PM +0930 9/29/05, Tim wrote:

On Wed, 2005-09-28 at 14:26 -0500, Mike McCarty wrote:

When I use OpenOffice, and want to save something that I created using
MS Office, I find that it frequently wants to warn me that
I may be losing some special features. For this reason,
I have abandoned using OO for editing stuff created with MSO.

I don't know enough about these things to know whether anything
in the files are actually at risk, but rather than lose them,
I re-boot to Windows and do the editing there.

Do a test...  Usually, the warnings about things like how some document
formats mightn't support some styling effects, might not do tabs or
margins in the same way, etc.


As a programmer, foolish warnings such as the above "All might not be safe"
disgust me.  If the code thinks that something might not work, the author
is responsible for making it do the right thing.  In this case, make the
file in a temporary place (and this is the only responsible way to do it
ever) and notice if anything didn't make it through the export process.  If
that happens, /then/ warn the user, tell them what got lost, and ask what
to do.  Such a warning actually means something that the user might care
about.  If they don't use any non-exportable feature in a document, they
won't get any warning; if they do, they can at least decide whether to keep
using the feature.

I started to reply to his message, but you said it soooo much better!

Why should I follow around after OO when I can just boot Windows in
about a minute and a half, and be assured that the doc is ok? If OO
knows there is a problem, then it should tell me. If there is no
problem, it shouldn't frighten me. If it doesn't know, then why should
I use it?

Mike
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