Writer is not formatting and bordering docx tables the same

Word 2003 shows a word table, but libre office writer shows several differences:

  1. Even with the show all, I see what looks like floating paragraphs until I see a roll over popup comment or turn on Table Boundaries. This is a print view and the borders of table cells do print, so they should not disappear by default.
  2. The table and underlying text is one page on word 2003 and openOffice text, but 1.6 pages on libreOffice.
  3. The cellfill/font-color/reverse in the top cell is missing in libreOffice and openOffice text.

BTW, this ‘ask’ web app has numbering that does not know how to indent or number. When you play with the numbered list in edit, it generates more empty lines, lines with the same numbers, blank lines between and inside paragraphs, and folds paragraphs to a column narrower than the frame. When I save the edit, I get a mix of short and wide lines!

This is absolutely normal,
When LibO or his brother OOo open a MSO document they try to read and make an interpretation of some proprietary code from MSO even the new doc “.docx” contain some codes exclusive to Microsoft.
Depend how you have formatted your documents, if the layers/underlayers, styles, tables… are complicated, you will have many chance to see a different formatting between these different software like if you open in MSO or LibO

More your document have a simple formatting, more the compatibility will be better