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

John, there is a setting in OpenOFfice.org for saving all documents in ODF
1.1/1.0 format instead of whatever the OO.o 3.1 implementers mean by ODF

Have you tried saving your document that way to see whether that is any
better for interchange with Office 2007 SP2? 

Have you tried reading the document into OpenOffice.org 2.4 or any other ODF
1.1-based implementation?

I am happy to look at the document file and see if there is anything in its
use of ODF that is somehow not covered under ODF 1.1 or is excluded in some
way in the ODF Implementation Notes for Office 2007 SP2.  (This might be
useful to submit to the ODF Interoperability and Conformance TC oic-comment
list as well.)

 - Dennis

Dennis E. Hamilton
NuovoDoc: Design for Document System Interoperability 
mailto:Dennis.Hamilton@acm.org | gsm:+1-206.779.9430 
http://NuovoDoc.com http://ODMA.info/dev/ http://nfoWorks.org 

-----Original Message-----
From: Cody, John (OFT) [mailto:John.Cody@cio.ny.gov] 
Sent: Monday, June 15, 2009 12:41
To: opendocument-users@lists.oasis-open.org
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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