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From Kay Schenk <>
Subject Re: The reason I removed the program called Open Office 3.4
Date Sat, 02 Jun 2012 16:15:41 GMT
On Sat, Jun 2, 2012 at 7:01 AM, Andrea Pescetti <> wrote:

> On 02/06/2012 Jihui Choi wrote:
>> On Sat, Jun 2, 2012 at 10:35 PM, RGB ES  wrote:
>>  AFAIK, AOO installer on windows ask for file association, but maybe
>>> not with enough insistence: while I agree that the "next, next, end +
>>> needed OK without thinking" culture on this day computer world is
>>> plain wrong, it is not our task to change it.
>> It's not. That is the problem at this point.
>> AOO installer doesn't ask me whether it will open MS office format
>> files by itself.
> If I recall correctly (from when this was changed, years ago), the
> installer is set to silently associate .doc, .xls and .ppt files with
> OpenOffice if it can't detect that they are already associated to Microsoft
> Office; otherwise is ignores them.

If this is still true (I don't use MS Windows) -- this is bad!

>From what I recall when I did use Windows, many apps ask if you want
"product x" to be the default for whatever-mime-type.  Folks then have the
opportunity to say "yes" or "no". The other side of the coin is dealing
with de-installation of "product x". The user should be given some way of
making reassignments to whatever mime types have been changed.

In the latter case, I don't recall how good some apps were about this --
maybe not very good. Since I haven't used Windows since 2001, I haven't
kept up with this stuff.

In no circumstance should AOO establish itself as a default for any file

> Then comment 73 by Olaf in
> seems to state that the option has been reintroduced... So I honestly
> don't know what the expected behavior is as of version 3.4 (and I can't
> test the actual behavior at the moment, but I would suggest to try both a
> scenario where doc/xls/ppt are already associated to Microsoft Office and
> one where they aren't).
> Regards,
>  Andrea.


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