A microsoft indica que com a actualização do seu ms-office 2007 através do SP2, passa a suportar nativamente o formato aberto e livre ODF, infelizmente parece que a microsoft continua com os seus jogos para destruir o formato ODF e a concorrência do OpenOffice.org.
Eis alguns links que demonstram a FRAUDE que é a implementação da microsoft:
Microsoft Excel 2007 — will process ODF spreadsheet documents without problems when loaded via the Sun or CleverAge plugins, but will miserably fail when using the “improved” integrated code in Office 2007 SP2.
What he found is that if you create a spreadsheet in Microsoft Office 2007 SP2, it won’t render properly in Google Docs, OpenOffice, KSpread, Symphony, or with the Sun Plugin. If you create the document in OpenOffice and then try to read it in Microsoft Office 2007 SP2, you can’t do that either. He found that spreadsheet interoperability is
actually worse now than when he last tested:
Does MS Office SP2 With ODF Support Really Work? Test Results Point to No. – Updated 3Xs
Monday, May 04 2009 @ 12:14 AM EDT
I tried the updated Microsoft Office 2007 SP2, which supports ODF, or says it does. I created a document in Office 2007 SP2 and saved it as ODF. I got an ominous Microsoft warning that if I persisted, I might lose some formatting — “Document [name] may contain features that are not compatible with this format. Do you want to continue to save in this format?” — but it saved the document when I clicked Yes. I reasoned that OpenOffice, which I intended to use to test the result, does have the features I wanted. I had included one footnote, a photo, and a text block, all of which OpenOffice can do, but when I opened the saved document in OpenOffice, none of it looked right. You couldn’t read the footnote at all, because it’s cut horizontally in the middle of the text. You can see it’s there, but you can’t make out the words.
In a past Groklaw article PJ was asking about interoperability between Microsoft’s Office suite and OpenOffice now that MS-Office supports ODF. This is also of interest to me as I am current working on a project that has to process data coming from an Excel spreadsheet, and an ODF dump from Excel might be advantageous to me.
As my client uses Excel I pointed him at the upgrade which he downloaded and installed. His current Excel spreadsheet is a masterpiece of complexity: hidden sheets and cells, lots of validation macros and so on and so forth. But I wondered just how interoperable with OOo it would be.
For a start it doesn’t look the same, or so I am told. I don’t have Microsoft here, just Linux so I have to use OOo to view the spreadsheet. But my client reported that OOo running on his computer didn’t render the sheets the same.
Update on ODF Spreadsheet Interoperability
A couple of months ago I did some experiments on the interoperability of ODF spreadsheets, the theory and practice. In that earlier post I looked at the then current ODF implementations, including:
1. OpenOffice.org 2.4
2. Google Spreadsheets
3. KOffice KSpread 1.6.3
4. IBM Lotus Symphony 1.1
5. Microsoft Office 2003 with the Microsoft-sponsored CleverAge Add-in version 2.5
6. Microsoft Office 2003 with Sun’s ODF Plugin
I created a test document in each of those editors and then loaded each test document in each of the other editors. I showed what worked, what didn’t, and made some suggestions on how interoperability could be improved. I found only two notable failures, when the Microsoft/CleverAge Add-in for Excel loaded KSpread and Symphony documents.
OpenDocument Format: The Standard for Office Documents
A belated note that an article of mine on ODF was recently published in IEEE Internet Computing, called “OpenDocument Format: The Standard for Office Documents”. I think it is a good introduction to ODF, what it is, where it came from and why it is important. They allow authors to post a copy on their websites. So feel free to link to it, but any redistribution will need to be negotiated with the publisher.
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