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From Mathias Bauer <>
Subject Re: [discuss] remove of binfilter module
Date Wed, 15 Jun 2011 14:41:58 GMT
On 15.06.2011 15:36, Christian Lippka wrote:
> Am 15.06.2011 01:03, schrieb Kai Ahrens:
>> Hi Carl,
>> Am 15.06.2011 00:59, schrieb Carl Marcum:
>>> Hi Christian,
>>> On 06/14/2011 05:20 PM, Christian Lippka wrote:
>>>> Reasoning
>>>> The binfilter module is a huge set of code duplicated from all
>>>> application modules and various high level
>>>> modules. It's main purpose is to implement load and store of pre xml
>>>> binary document formats
>>>> from the StarOffice era. Removing this code would spare us a lot of
>>>> work
>>>> while we try to have our
>>>> first release buildable and running.
>>>> Caveats
>>>> While replaced by xml formats way back in 2002, there are still
>>>> documents in the binary format
>>>> around so at least loading them may be a requirement for some users.
>>> Would this include the MS xls, doc, formats?
>> No, it wouldn't. It's just about the StarOffice/
>> internal binary document formats, that have been deprecated for almost
>> 10 years now.
> Something about this made me remember a discussion some month ago. I
> thing it
> was about one or more legacy MS filters that the writer team moved to the
> binfilter module. I can't remember the exact details but maybe Mathias
> knows
> more about this?

It was more than one filter; we had filters that imported Lotus 1-2-3 
and Excel spreadsheets(!) into Writer documents, but not any current 
formats, but some versions from the stone age (DOS aera).

The mere fact that nobody knew that these filters existed at all showed 
me pretty clearly that obviously noone will miss them.


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