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PostPosted: Mon Feb 05, 2007 4:28 pm    Post subject: Microsoft Announces Release of Open XML, ODF Translator Reply with quote

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As an effort to help solve this apparent gap between the two open formats, Microsoft has funded an open source project to create a translator tool that will convert file formats between ODF and Open XML, which saw its 1.0 release of the technology last week. The completed Open XML Translator enables conversion of documents from one format to the other and is available for anyone to download and use at no cost.

As a plug-in for Microsoft Word, for example, the translator provides the choice to open and save documents in ODF rather than the native Open XML format. The translator may also be plugged into competing word processing programs that use ODF as the default format to open and save documents in Open XML.



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Instead of going through the trouble of making a translator to make both formats compatible, wouldn't it be easier to just adopt the Open Document Format? Or is that just to sensible?
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 05, 2007 5:01 pm    Post subject: Re: Microsoft Announces Release of Open XML, ODF Translator Reply with quote

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As an effort to help solve this apparent gap between the two open formats, Microsoft has funded an open source project to create a translator tool that will convert file formats between ODF and Open XML, which saw its 1.0 release of the technology last week. The completed Open XML Translator enables conversion of documents from one format to the other and is available for anyone to download and use at no cost.

As a plug-in for Microsoft Word, for example, the translator provides the choice to open and save documents in ODF rather than the native Open XML format. The translator may also be plugged into competing word processing programs that use ODF as the default format to open and save documents in Open XML.



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Instead of going through the trouble of making a translator to make both formats compatible, wouldn't it be easier to just adopt the Open Document Format? Or is that just to sensible?
It's MS we're talking about. Way too sensible. They'll likely make sure things are broken in translation, then blame it on ODF.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 06, 2007 2:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

...Or they will make their own version of ODF and bitch when noone uses it.
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