[odf-discuss] strategy for ODF migration (was: A story of TIFF)
zander at kde.org
Mon Feb 5 16:12:31 EST 2007
On Monday 05 February 2007 21:44, Alex Hudson wrote:
> Thomas Zander wrote:
> > On Monday 05 February 2007 21:00, Alex Hudson wrote:
> > Go to the other end. The ODFViewer would have a really bad result in
> > showing the ..doc file. As would just about all other ODF app.
> That seems to be missing the point somewhat. No user is likely to expect
> an ODF app to open a .doc file.
Ehm, no. Thats _exactly_ the point.
Users expect that if his boss tells him to use the new app that it can open
his old files.
That user really doesn't care what fileformat the new files are. He just cares
that he can read the file.
Naturally his colleague that still uses MSWord for some reason should still be
able to communicate with him.
If you disagree with enabling that very very basic workflow. Then you
completely missed the point of how companies and individuals can move from
having been locked into MS products onto the freedom to choose his office
suite on merit.
> If people share ODF files, and they find that they cannot predict what
> the document will look like, or what data will appear on the receiving
> end, I'm not sure they will see "the benefits" of ODF. And that's the
People share documents, not specifically ODF files. Their boss tells them it
has to be an ODF file. They couldn't care less which format it is.
The benefit of ODF is that someone that runs KWord can actually see something
he could not before. Which is the document that that other user wrote in
Saying that not all office suites show the same results is kicking a dead
horse. And completely besides the point.
If we can't integrate MSWord into the ODF workflow, we have lost before we
started. and *thats* the issue.
So, get off the high horse and stop preaching the perfect solution that all
suites can read each others documents perfectly. Ain't gonna happen any time
soon. Get over it. Focus on the more important issues.
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