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writing document formats -- do I need to convert? [closed]

asked 2015-05-21 23:13:43 +0200

Meredith gravatar image

updated 2015-08-22 09:17:01 +0200

Alex Kemp gravatar image

Background: I got a new laptop last week. Previously, my writing program was Corel and my files saved as wpd. However, Corel is not compatible with Windows 8.1, so I downloaded OpenOffice. The wpd files converted to XML 1.0 text documents -- which, when I tried to open them, were complete gibberish.

While browsing the OpenOffice community forum for solutions, I saw a recommendation for LibreOffice and downloaded LO (actually, it wouldn't download until the third try, but whatever...) Now all those documents have changed to 1.1 Text Documents -- and they opened in LO just fine!

My question: do I need to convert these documents to a more recent format so that other people (who may not be running LO) can read them? I have at least 500 separate files.

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answered 2015-05-23 03:23:32 +0200

ROSt52 gravatar image

If you want to provide files to people using other applications than LibO, you need to look at these other applications to see if they can open the format you have now.

The following links might provide you a first information:

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answered 2015-05-23 21:26:10 +0200

Meredith gravatar image

Thank you for your reply. I had gone to your recommended link prior to posting my question and it didn't specifically address my concern.

What I did was re-phrase my search into the question, "Does MS Word open OpenOffice 1.1 text documents?" To summarize the results of that search: Microsoft chooses to not support open source formats, regardless of which format it is. Text files need to be saved as .doc or pdf.

If I misinterpreted that information, please correct me.

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