On another issue
Posted Nov 23, 2005 18:42 UTC (Wed) by iabervon
In reply to: On another issue
Parent article: Open document formats and the path to world domination
But this is driven largely by the closed nature of the file formats. If you need someone to prepare Word documents of a particular version, and you have a copy of that version of Word for them to use, you pretty much need to get someone who knows how to use that version of Word to get the job done. If you need someone to prepare ODF documents, you can get someone who knows how to use the software you have (Word with a plugin, maybe), or someone who can do the job with some software they provide themselves.
Of course, they could continue to require the knowledge of a particular program, but if they've switched to ODF for the purpose of not needing to care what programs people use (either locally or in preparing documents they'll receive), that's less likely.
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