[Libreoffice] Remove old Word 6.0/95 "save as" support

Bryan Quigley BryanQuigley at ubuntu.com
Tue Feb 1 21:06:19 PST 2011

Hi all,
I'd like to get opinions (and preferably consensus) on removing old
Microsoft formats "save as" support, specifically:
Word 6.0
Word 95
Excel 5.0
Excel 95

The usability problem I've seen is that users:
 * want to save in MS Word format, but don't know what version to use
 * the pick 6.0 or 95 thinking many different things (lower number
means it will work with more computers?)
 * since this is there only copy of the file, they lose all tables and more

We currently have the same "This document may contain formatting or
content that can not be saved in..." message for if you are saving to
Word 97/2000/XP (very good at saving) or Word 6.0 (very bad at
saving).  I also do not think customizing this text to make it more
specific will help.   Users have become trained by the interface to
ignore this message (this is a different usability issue, NOT a user

I believe the old binary StarOffice file "save as" support is going
away soon as well.

So, Does anyone still need to save in an extremely old version of Word
or Excel?   Or can we get rid of it?


P.S. Please copy me on any replies.
P.S.S. I've previously reported this as a bug against OpenOffice
(http://www.openoffice.org/issues/show_bug.cgi?id=107711).  Should I
report it against LibreOffice as well?

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