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Bug 53998 - FILESAVE, MS-COMPAT: Two codepaths necessary, one 'pure' and one for MS Office compatability
Summary: FILESAVE, MS-COMPAT: Two codepaths necessary, one 'pure' and one for MS Offic...
Status: CLOSED DUPLICATE of bug 53997
Alias: None
Product: LibreOffice
Classification: Unclassified
Component: LibreOffice (show other bugs)
(earliest affected) release
Hardware: Other All
: medium normal
Assignee: Not Assigned
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Blocks: 53878
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Reported: 2012-08-24 08:59 UTC by Nicholas Shanks
Modified: 2013-03-15 10:30 UTC (History)
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Description Nicholas Shanks 2012-08-24 08:59:09 UTC
I believe there should be two FILESAVE codepaths, a 'pure' one for adhering to the specs and writing sexy XML, and another for emitting more 'MS Office compatable' (yet still valid) OpenDocument files.

For example (bug #53997), MS Excel does not understand
<table:covered-table-cell table:number-columns-repeated="3"/>
and instead requires

Both are valid code. Both can be read by LO and other free OpenDocument-supporting apps, yet only the latter works in Excel.

The default should be MS-compatable saved files. By saving files that MS Office can read without error (whilst still valid, just by using alternative XML) LO will be able to integrate more easily into existing Microsoft-dominated environments.

No more cries of "This '.ods' thing you sent me is corrupt, just send me an Excel file!" due to bugs/inadiquecies in MS's OpenDocument support.
Comment 1 bfoman (inactive) 2013-03-14 14:07:21 UTC
CCing Calc expert from
Please comment and set status accordingly.
Comment 2 Eike Rathke 2013-03-15 10:30:31 UTC

*** This bug has been marked as a duplicate of bug 53997 ***