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    WebMerge recommendation
    I have been reading a lot here and on the tutorial pages but haven't used WebMerge yet except the free version although I have purchased it. The program looks like it will help me do great things, well, for me simi-great. I want to suggest something that I think would help. The "OpenOffice" file formats should be included in a future release of WebMerge becase it has a good spreadsheet and database program that is FREE and will read Microsoft file formats. If you're not familiar with this program just go to www.openoffice.org. Just a thought.

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    Quote Originally Posted by steveyoung
    I have been reading a lot here and on the tutorial pages but haven't used WebMerge yet except the free version although I have purchased it. The program looks like it will help me do great things, well, for me simi-great. I want to suggest something that I think would help. The "OpenOffice" file formats should be included in a future release of WebMerge becase it has a good spreadsheet and database program that is FREE and will read Microsoft file formats. If you're not familiar with this program just go to www.openoffice.org. Just a thought.
    I'll second that one, I think it's a great idea. We all know that OO projects can be saved in M$ format (i.e. ".xls" or ".doc"), but why not eliminate a step?

    While not widespread, OO continues to gain ground, and is an awesome alternative to the M$ products.

    And also, welcome to ABW Steve

    Fred

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    AFAIK, both Microsoft Office and Open Office both use XML formats natively (although of course different flavors since we can't expect Microsoft to play nice with other vendors <g>).

    While useful for many things, XML is notoriously inefficient for both transport and parsing (I have a post here on ABW which does into this in detail -- I'll dig it up if it's of interest).

    Fortunately Open Office (and pretty much every other program that includes a spreadheet or database) exports to tab-delimited, comma-delimited, and other common tabular format that works well with WebMerge and just about any other tool that imports DB data.

    When Open Office reaches at least 25% of the market we can consider making a special filter to import its files natively. In the meantime, WebMerge works well with output from Open Office using the Export feature Open Office has today.
    Richard Gaskin
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