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Subject: Re: [office] Muting and unmuting

On Monday 12 February 2007 17:27, Patrick Durusau wrote:
> Really depends on what you mean by 100% compatibility. I have heard the
> phrase "100% fidelity," which I think is pretty much meaningless. What
> if ODF gave a different display but round tripped any changes to the
> document to MS Word? Is that 100% compatibility or 100% fidelity?

That's what most would call 100% fidelity.
So probably not what David was referring to.

David additionally said;
> I just wanted to say that IMHO we can never achieve 100% compatibility with
> a format like msword. We should of course add the necessary features where
> they make sense, but I don't think it makes sense to add all the corner
> cases that might differ by a few millimeters in the layout of lists, for
> instance.

I agree.
msword (or Ecma 376 as its now officially called) is a format that has been 
build up over 10 years. With all the programming mistakes and the restarts 
that you can typically see while building a product that basically invented a 
lot of this stuff from scratch.
The recent proposal I have seen on this list for list-formats are a really 
good indication for where wanting to reuse that work basically makes me feel 
that we are throwing out the odf-baby with the bathwater.

Really, are there people that refuse to switch to ODF because their list item 
is positioned 2 mm to the left of where Word placed it? And if so, do we 
care? ;)
Thomas Zander

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