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From Andrew Douglas Pitonyak <>
Subject Re: Suggestion - file format
Date Thu, 12 Jul 2012 22:05:16 GMT

On 07/12/2012 09:41 AM, Rob Weir wrote:
> On Thu, Jul 12, 2012 at 2:30 AM, Shenfeng Liu <> wrote:
>> Considering this... Then I agree with Dennis that we should consult users
>> for ODF format.
>> But my concern is that it will look like Apache OpenOffice gives the same
>> weight of support to ODF and MS Office format. But the truth is not...
> "Best Practice" is something like this;
> 1) In install program wizard have a dialog that lists the file formats
> that AOO could handle, and and show the user which formats we
> recommend should be controlled by AOO.  Allow the user to modify that
> list if they wish, before they confirm.   It is fine to give a
> recommendation/default here that prefers ODF.  But we make sure the
> user has the ability to change the defaults.
> 2) Each time we we start up AOO check to make sure we are the default
> handler for ODF files.  If we are not, then prompt the user whether
> they want to make AOO be the default handler.  This protects the user
> if another application takes over our file extensions.   Also have an
> option for the user to disable this check.
> Maybe something to consider in 3.5 or 3.6?
> -Rob

Checking on every start would be annoying if I don't want OOo as the 
default. if possible, check to see if it used to be the default and it 
no longer is. Prompt the user. if user says no, then next start, do not 
prompt again.

On the other hand, if this capability becomes part of OOo, then provide 
some mechanism for the user to cause it to happen from inside of OOo.

Andrew Pitonyak
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