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    MS Office 2007 SP2 ODF formula support broken

    Woah, there is a lot of red on that page. Nice to see MS Office 2007 only opens ODFs created in Office, basically turning it into a closed format anyway. Well done MegaSys.

    My corporate senses ( tingle tingle ) tell me Microsoft doesn't care, and didn't when they had to implement the open standard.
    Posted 04-02-2010 at 06:54 AM by William (Dthdealer) William (Dthdealer) is offline
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    Plain Text, Archiving, and Presentation Fidelity

    Insightful and very well written. Reading an article like this brings one into a very good mood.

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    The ultimate Word Processing utility would be a wysiwyM ( ... what you mean, like LyX ) centered around HTML and CSS.

    Due to the deprecation of styles in the HTML, users would learn to use formatting styles ( Title 1,2,3, bullet list, block text, normal etc ) rather than apply styles to sections bit by bit with the array of settings on the toolbar.

    With nearly everyone in the world calling text files 'word documents' and slideshows 'powerpoints', users have lost the sense of word processing concepts and had them replaced with product skills. No-one I know uses styles other than myself to format text, preferring to change it with the toolbars to the required format every time. Upon teaching them how to apply and change styles, multiple 'oohs' and 'aahs' come out as they find they can save styles as templates so that all new documents have them when they open up and they can change the style across their whole document instantly.

    Another benefit to a HTML based system would be that it can be edited on any computer on the planet, with or without extra software. Although in this case it would mainly be edited with a specific program to make HTML authoring like LyX ( but not like a WYSIWYG HTML editor ) and therefore more user friendly for note taking, diaries/journals, school work, reports etc.

    All the content could be put in a tarball ( or zip for cross-platform compatibility ) or the CSS inlined if the document is one page. On that note, multiple pages ( not paper-sized pieces of documents, basically documents themselves ) can be contained together and share resources such as stylesheets and images in one tarball.

    A few months ago I tried to start a computer diary up again. Written in HTML with nano it looked good to the eye on paper, in elinks and in my graphical browser. I didn't use any custom styles, favoring headings ( <h1> etc ) horizontal rules and HTML tables. The only reason I stopped was my holiday ended and I didn't have any time to continue it.

    We need to bring people out of the dark ages of using proprietary formats that look different on every computer to formats that are future proof by international standard and formatted so that the document is not sensitive down the pixel of change.
    Posted 04-02-2010 at 06:49 AM by William (Dthdealer) William (Dthdealer) is offline
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    A Bit About Me

    SuSE ~= Novell

    I should have said I ditched SuSE after Novell did its deal with Microsoft (SuSE is now owned by Novell). The deal was a patent cross-licensing agreement which Microsoft characterised as protecting Novell's customers from more than 130 patents it claimed Linux violates. Here are the details from several sources, including both Microsoft and Novell, as well as Wikipedia and the Boycott Novell website:

    Microsoft has since used this and other deals to legitimise their vague patent claims against Linux. When negotiating with companies that have weaker portfolios, this could possibly allow Microsoft to exact royalties from them and to undermine the spread of free software. This implicitly puts Linux distributors in its litigious cross-hairs. All of this with only the threat of suits for patents it refuses to disclose.

    Meanwhile, Novell tries to walk a fine line between supporting free software development and promoting theirs as a better version of Linux by claiming their version is patent protected and implicitly casting aspersions on other distributions, specifically Red Hat, who have refused to enter a similar agreement with Microsoft. This places Novell in a difficult position, at once working closely with Microsoft and marketing its agreement with Microsoft as a competitive advantage to potential customers, while implying that other distributors and developers themselves are vulnerable to litigation, which alienates the developers who supply the software it sells.

    This agreement between Microsoft and Novell led directly to specific provisions in the GPL version 3 concerning patents:
    Posted 12-01-2008 at 07:18 AM by penguiniator penguiniator is offline
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    A Bit About Me

    I started tinkering with Linux (suse) in2001 as well but I left my options open. I have just switched completely to Ubuntu Intrepid after an 18 month weaning off Windows period. I also use Ultimate Edition.
    Incidentally, what deal did suse cut with Microsoft?
    Posted 12-01-2008 at 05:02 AM by Brianret Brianret is offline


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