Posted by: Anonymous
on November 09, 2007 11:31 AM
The Foundation didn't solve the problem; it ignored the problem. Preserving the data from Office is easy, and sticking RTF-as-XML as foreign attributes in ODF is easy. What is hard, and what the Foundation didn't solve, is translating that stuff into genuine ODF tags as defined in the ODF standard. And the Foundation cannot solve that because they can't decode the "dark matter" any more than Sun or anyone else can without MS docs.
Stuffing Office proprietary info into an ODF file doesn't make it ODF. It makes it ODF + proprietary info. Fantastic if you're an MS Office user, but it doesn't get you anywhere. You can't use those documents in other apps, like OpenOffice.org, without loss of formatting, with or without the snake oil "interop eXtensions". That data is *still* trapped in MS binary encoding, and that's what you just don't get.