Defaulting to the Dreaded MS Office Format in OpenOffice.org

FAIL (the browser should render some flash content, not this).

Linux Journal's Shawn Powers shows you how to change the default file type in OpenOffice.org.

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MS formats are not a standard, they are an imposition

Anonymous's picture

> Obviously the "dreaded" setting is the default because MS
> formats are the de facto standard in the world.

It's not a standard if it's a hidden thing (on purpose) :-( (you can't make one product compliant 100% with it, in any moment the interested part can say "the format has changed", and so on).

MS formats are not a standard, they are an imposition.

and then there is...

revdjenk's picture

...the fact that the office format file size is from four to five times larger than the same file saved in its ODF version. Although this may not be an issue today with the relatively huge storage space available, I guess I would rather have that much more space for my vid editing, music files, etc...

It was a bit tongue in cheek...

Shawn Powers's picture

I don't really dread Microsoft DOC format -- but was being a bit silly in that it's frustrating the proprietary format is the one we're generally forced to use.

Shawn Powers is an Associate Editor for Linux Journal. You might find him chatting on the IRC channel, or Twitter

I don't get it

Bradtastic's picture

So whats dreaded about the .doc format? I know it was a big problem for the open source community for a long time but now it's not.

If anything shouldn't it be the loathed Microsoft format?

Very immature. Obviously

Anonymous's picture

Very immature. Obviously the "dreaded" setting is the default because MS formats are the de facto standard in the world.

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