[PLUG] MS-office & Open Office Compatiability

Shridhar Daithankar ghodechhap at ghodechhap.net
Tue Aug 5 08:57:43 PDT 2008


On Tuesday 05 August 2008 18:18:03 Dnyanraj Mali wrote:
> i have some documents created in ms word, when i try to open them in Open
> Office, their allignment (margin) changes,
> so i need to edit those again...
> is there any solution for this?

Really no.

Practically, for incomplete but workable solutions
- you could use openoffice on windows for all the parties handling the 
documents
- or run ms-office, exact same version, in wine on linux.

The word file format is not completely documented, and no tool, including MS 
Office itself, can handle documents correctly across versions.

One of my ex-boss was stuck with office 97 and the documents we exchanged 
between office 97, office 2000 and office 2003 had really bizzar issues.

IME, openoffice is lot more dependable in that regards. It just looks and 
behaves the same, across the platforms and most of the times, across the 
versions too.

-- 
 Shridhar



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