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Footnote formatting problem in .doc and .docx [closed]

asked 2012-04-18 15:18:30 +0200

Maria gravatar image

updated 2015-10-17 00:15:14 +0200

Alex Kemp gravatar image


I am trying to use libreoffice for academic work, but many of my colleagues still use word (both windows and mac versions), and when I save my documents in either .doc or .docx formats, it always messes up the formatting of my footnotes, and sometimes even the text (especially when converting to .docx) Is there any solution to this problem at present, or coming soon? Or I am afraid I will have to revert to MS Office...


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answered 2012-04-18 15:33:51 +0200

Pedro gravatar image

LibreOffice works internally in ODF format. When you open or save a doc or docx a conversion is performed. Since MS Formats are not open standards the conversion is the best possible.

Even the docx format which is supposed to be an ISO standard is different from MS Office 2007 to 2010 (how is that for a Standard? :) )

In the current situation you have two options: a) convince your co-authors to switch to ODF and use LibreOffice or some other ODF based word processor (the more people using it the more likely it will be to get rid of MS format monopoly) or b) stick to MS Office.

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answered 2012-07-08 15:43:02 +0200

Bruce gravatar image

Looking around to see if there's a bug report on this, I came across this. I have to say, the answer that Pedro gave is not at all helpful. The correct answer is: this is a bug in the LO import filter. Certainly it can, and should, do better.

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LOL. It should do better. But "at present, or coming soon" the only solutions available are the two I suggested. Do you know a better solution?

Pedro gravatar imagePedro ( 2012-07-08 17:47:12 +0200 )edit

Pedro's answer may not be 'helpful' (in the sense of an immediate fix to using .doc/x) but it is accurate. The issue sounds to be one of collaborative workflow which demands identical platform/products. Support of .doc/x is improving all the time, but it will likely never be perfect.

oweng gravatar imageoweng ( 2012-07-09 04:21:13 +0200 )edit

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