Why are DOC/XLS/PPT so complicated?

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Still related to the b2xtranslator and the direct availability of Microsoft Office binary (doc, xls, ppt) file formats, the question that is often raised is why are they so complicated? Of course, office suite developers know the likely reasons behind this. But in case you miss the interesting part, read Joel on Software’s insight on… Read more »

every night has its dawn

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You learn that you can be friends with those who do not always share your thoughts, because differences are not obstacles to a mutual respect. But you get to know others who, for whatever reason it might be, always try to convince every soul in this planet that their opinions are the best. You learn… Read more »

laugh of the day

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What will you get if you google for deutsche telekom hotline ?

Microsoft Office binary format to Open XML

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As promised by Brian Jones, finally the project (under a liberal BSD-like license) to convert Microsoft Office binary format (doc, xls, ppt) to the Open XML format (used since Office 2007), named b2xtranslator, has been initiated on SourceForge. As I wrote before (on Google Code Project Hosting vs SourceForge), it’d be fantastic if Microsoft would… Read more »

Karbon and WPG

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After Inkscape, OpenOffice.org (Novell edition, ooo-build), and Abiword, Karbon in the next KOffice 2.x joins the array of open-source software which is, by using libwpg, able to import clip-arts in WordPerfect Graphics (WPG) formats. Since any Karbon drawings can be embedded in a document, of course this means you can attach and insert WPG clip-arts… Read more »