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From Dotan Cohen <>
Subject Re: Differences between OpenOffice and LibreOffice
Date Wed, 14 Mar 2012 19:24:06 GMT
On Tue, Mar 13, 2012 at 20:40, Rob Weir <> wrote:
> On Tue, Mar 13, 2012 at 7:54 AM, Dotan Cohen <> wrote:
>> There is a discussion on the Debian list right now about the
>> differences between OpenOffice and LibreOffice. As the two office
>> suites diverge, it will become more and more important to document the
>> differences between them. Therefore I have started a page to document
>> these differences:
> First, thanks for putting together this page.  But second, there is no
> good reason why AOO and LO should render documents differently.  No
> doubt the applications will diverge in features, but they should be
> rendering the common overlapping features the same.   If they differ
> then we (the developer communities) need to understand why, and
> discuss ways of converging.  That was the whole point of ODF.  A
> common format that encourages interoperability among different
> implementations.

The Open Document specifications are ambiguous in some aspects, so
both LO and OOo could implement them to the letter yet render
differently. See MS Office's ODF support for example.

Additionally, other differences between the applications should be
note as well. For instance, LO fixed a decade-old major bug in OOo:

That bug was the reason two labs at my university could not switch to
OOo. However, I understand that LO's breakneck development speed means
that lots of new bugs crop up. If those bugs incur major changes in
functionality then they should be noted as well.

> I hope to frustrate your efforts by ensuring that your list never gets
> long enough to become interesting ;-)

If that is your method of frustrating me then Rob, I am glad to have
you as my adversary!

Dotan Cohen

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