[Libreoffice] MSO binary formats
andy at the-martin-byrd.net
Thu Apr 21 09:54:06 PDT 2011
Kohei Yoshida wrote:
> On Thu, 2011-04-21 at 09:33 -0700, Andy Brown wrote:
>> Found an interesting link in users mailing list. Doing some research I
>> came across .
> Yes. It's been there for at least several years. This is old news, in
>> At first glance this would seem to permit anyone to
>> use the Microsoft binary formats without any problem. For any legal
>> types, is this in fact true? If so to the developers how much work
>> would be involved to bring LibreOffice in line with the published formats?
> Having the file format spec available alone doesn't magically implement
> all sorts of missing core features that are needed to inter-operate with
> MS Office. In fact, the hardest part is not dealing with the file
> format, but to implement the core features that are required to preserve
> data stored in the file format to improve round-tripping with MS Office.
> Case in point, we were just discussing earlier about Smart art
> functionality. How the smart art data are stored in the file format is
> well documented and is available publicly, but we still can't
> inter-operate this feature because we lack this functionality in the
Thanks for the reply, Kohei. No being a programmer this what I was
looking for. I realise that it is easy to sit on the sidelines, so to
speak, and complain about things. I am only trying to understand the
overall picture so that I know why things work or do not work. Your
explanation is understandable and easy to pass on.
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