binfilter removed in LO 4.0 : how to communicate on this change?

Michael Stahl mstahl at
Sun Nov 11 13:00:33 PST 2012

On 10/11/12 10:33, Jean-Baptiste Faure wrote:
> Hi Andras,
> Le 10/11/2012 10:00, Andras Timar a écrit :
>> Hi Jean-Baptiste,
>> On Sat, Nov 10, 2012 at 8:17 AM, Jean-Baptiste Faure
>> <jbf.faure at> wrote:
>>> - release a complete list of legacy formats which are dropped. Is there
>>> something else than sd? formats (StarOffice 5 formats) ?
>> It affects only old binary formats of StarOffice 5 and earlier versions.

that is not quite true, binfilter supports a lot of formats but most of
them are really obscure and/or perverse... e.g. you can import 1-2-3 and
Excel spreadsheets in Writer, because apparently 15 years ago somebody
thought that would be a neat idea.

oh... it turns out that all non-StarOffice 1.0-5.0 filters have already
been removed earlier, e.g. the spreadsheet Writer filters with
6540cc8ee0d4d2396e6b731ad71a241e8344531d and

... oh wait actually the obscure formats were handled by something
called W4W which wasn't actually open source but only available in
StarOffice ?

okay, in summary we are indeed removing only StarOffice 1.0-5.0 formats :)

to finish the cleanup i have just removed the binfilter .xcu file from
the filter configuration...

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