On Fri, Dec 31, 2010 at 17:14, Steven Shelton <ste...@sheltonlegal.net> wrote:

> 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.

I know. But users need to be informed, even if it's with a short
message that is not 100 percent accurate.
Maybe a longer explanation could be provided in a help file or
something, and then provide a reference to it from the short message.

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