Don’t be a minion of Satan

… But if you must, here’s how. How to make Microsoft formats the default when working with OpenOffice.com.

Comments

  1. #1 D. C. Sessions
    January 26, 2009

    s/OpenOffice\.com/OpenOffice\.org/

  2. #2 george.w
    January 26, 2009

    I’ve been using OOo for years set that way, with the rest of campus all M$ Office, and so far nobody has noticed. Sometimes I think it would be funny if it turned out that nobody was actually using M$ Office, but we all had our default document type set that way to be compatible with what we thought everyone else was using.

  3. #3 Greg Laden
    January 26, 2009

    George: ROFLOL. This is probably true in some quarters.

  4. #4 D. C. Sessions
    January 26, 2009

    Sometimes I think it would be funny if it turned out that nobody was actually using M$ Office, but we all had our default document type set that way to be compatible with what we thought everyone else was using.

    Wait until the EE and Asian Languages people find out that 3.1 has overbar font attributes. They are going to be pissed when they find out that MS.DOC doesn’t allow that.

    NB: It’s taken something like seven years for this to happen; I originally filed the enhancement request back when I was chairing a JEDEC committee. About time.

  5. #5 Mikko
    January 27, 2009

    only the novell fork of OOo can read and save in ooxml

  6. #6 Greg Laden
    January 27, 2009

    No one should ever save or transfer a file on ooxml format. When I receive such documents I delete them and the sender gets a nasty note.

  7. #7 Mikko
    January 27, 2009

    sadly Sweden has choosen ooxml as the Swedish standard format for office documents

  8. #8 Greg Laden
    January 27, 2009

    Sweden took the bribe, drank the Kool Aid. Lost the moral high ground. Oh well.

  9. #9 DuWayne
    January 27, 2009

    Being clueless, when I got my shiny new laptop (some 2,500 miles from the friend who makes my computers compute) I installed OO without the foggiest notion I had to change the default setting. Previously my dear and wonderful friend had always set it (as well as everything else) up for me and set the default. After four emails got bounced back with claims the recipient couldn’t open the attachments, I finally worked it out. The two people who could open it use OO too.

    Now if I could get the computer to stop trying to open word docs with word, which no longer exists on my computer, I’ll be all set. It’s really annoying because it gets insistent that it should be able to open it and I have to open my task manager to stop it.

    Of course ideally, I’ll figure out how to set google docs to format like a normal word processor, so I don’t end up writing nine pages, thinking I’m writing a three page paper that has assumed the magical ability to get my point across with so few pages.

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