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Subject: Re: [opendocument-users] simple OO.org document goes awry in MS Office 2007 w/SP2 - what went wrong?

Would you mind sharing the ODT file? Right now we are working on these 
issues in The Hague.

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----- Original Message -----
From: Cody, John (OFT) <John.Cody@cio.ny.gov>
To: opendocument-users@lists.oasis-open.org 
Sent: Mon Jun 15 15:40:50 2009
Subject: [opendocument-users] simple OO.org document goes awry in MS Office 
2007 w/SP2 - what went wrong?

I have created a very simple text document in OpenOffice.org 3.1.  It has 
text, columns, graphics boxes, and images (real images, not links), and 
that's all.  The images and graphics boxes are anchored to their pages. 
This was my first time using version 3.1.  The OpenOffice program was easy 
to use, did everything I needed it to, and worked very well.  I saved the 
document as an ODF text document (.odt).

I tried opening the document in Microsoft Word 2007 w/SP 2.  (Some of the 
people with whom I will share this document still use that program).  Many 
images are completely missing.  Most of the graphics boxes are missing.  The 
spacing and formatting is all shot to heck.

Microsoft apparently went to great lengths to ensure its implementation of 
ODF would correctly interpret ODF documents created in different software 
programs.  It tested hundreds of thousands of documents to ensure 
compatability.  See: 

But my first test word-processing document went horribly awry, and it is a 
very simple document.

What went wrong?  Is there anything I should be doing in particular when I 
draft documents in OO.org 3.1 that will help the document be interpreted 
better by MS Office 2007 SP2?

I realize these are application-specific questions.  But this is a list for 
users of the Open Document Format, and OO.org is for all practical purposes 
the reference implementation of ODF, so it seemed appropriate to ask that 
question here.

Thank you for any suggestions, John C.

John C. Cody, Associate Counsel
Office of the NYS Chief Information Officer/NYS Office for Technology
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