Will Microsoft Remove DOC Format Support?
Jan 12, 2011, 16:03 (2 Talkback[s])
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"I noticed a curious argument in Jonathan Corbet's LWN article
"Supporting OOXML in LibreOffice" (behind a pay wall). Why should
we support OOXML?
"…as has been pointed out in the discussion, Microsoft
will, someday, phase out support for its (equally proprietary) DOC
format, leaving OOXML as the only real option for document
interchange. There appears to be little hope that Microsoft's ODF
support will be sufficient to make ODF a viable alternative. So any
office productivity suite which aspires to millions of users, and
which does not support OOXML, will find itself scrambling to add
that support when DOC is no longer an option. It seems better to
maintain (and improve) that support now than to be rushing to merge
a substandard implementation in the future.
"Really? The same company that is unable to fix a leap-year
calculation bug from 20 years ago because of fears it might break
backwards compatibility is going to remove support for their binary