rtf filter detection order

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Tue Jul 29 02:11:04 PDT 2014

On 28/07/14 15:11, Kohei Yoshida wrote:
> On Mon, 2014-07-28 at 10:14 +0200, Marina Latini wrote:
>> Hi All,
>> Can someone point out some informations about the rtf filter detection order?
>> I know that Calc has its own rtf filter (https://bugs.freedesktop.org/show_bug.cgi?id=65017#c19).
>> Steps to reproduce:
>> 1)  Start LibreOffice
>> 2)  open a rtf document test.rtf
>> 2a) create a test.rtf document with Writer
>> 3)  close the document
>> 4)  open a new blank spreadsheet
>> 5)  now open the same test.rtf from File > Open
>> test.rtf is opened with Calc
> Yes, As Maxim already pointed out, it's intentional.  Generic formats
> such as text, html and rtf are opened in the app it was opened from.  It
> was a change made in LibreOffice as a feature.
>> This is our bug or our feature?
> It's our (proud) feature, though as with any other features, some users
> may find it an annoying showstopper breaking their workflow yada yada
> yada, but we are not responsible for that. :-)
I'll just add this presumably fixes an embarrassing (for OO) problem I
came across many moons ago, where I was forced to use Excel to recover a
corrupt Calc spreadsheet!

Probably didn't go about it the right way, but the document wouldn't
open so I broke open the zip archive, extracted the component that was
the spreadsheet data and tried to open it in Calc. Would it do it?
EVERYTHING I tried just dumped it into Writer. As I say, I was forced to
use Excel and save it as an xls to get it back into Calc.

imho this is a simple case of fixing OO's attitude of second-guessing
the user and thinking it knows best. If I try to open a document using
Calc, it is reasonable to assume I want it in Calc, not something else.


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