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On 12/31/2010 10:03 AM, Kevin André wrote:
> I would suggest the following instead. Support OOXML completely,
> but when the user saves his/her document in a proprietary format
> display a confirmation message which says something like: "You are
> saving your file in a proprietary format. We cannot guarantee that
> the file will still open correctly in another program. Please use
> an open file format for saving your document if possible. Are you
> still sure you wish to save in the current format?" And display a
> checkbox below that can disable the message, or maybe add a note
> "You can disable this message by going to Options->....." and have
> no checkbox at all. And the message would appear by default even
> for the binary MS formats (.doc, .xls, .ppt, ...).

This is a much better idea. However, I should note that even ODF
files--despite the hype--are not 100% on preserving formatting when
moved from one application to another. I have my letterhead saved as
ODF done in OOo, but when I open it in AbiWord the formatting is all
over the place.

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