Thanks for the explanation Martin.
As an end user I have no idea what .odt really supports or doesn't. . .
So, would you then recommend people using the new .docx as "the open" format or not?
If not, what format do you then recommend, that will not lock there work into one program?
Please, tell us clueless users what you think is the best route for ourselves to protect our work in the long run. Seriously, you all know more about the formats than we ever will.
Here is the heretic's answer: Keep your documents in each application's native format (because that guarantees reproducibility). It's not like your copy of TextMaker, Word, or OpenOffice falls to pieces just because the manufacturer vanishes on day X. You can still run DOS applications from 25 years ago today, and you will be able to run your Windows applications 25 years from now. If that's inside a virtual machine or on old clunker you get from a future E-Bay doesn't matter -- it's good enough to convert your files to another format when that need arises
Each word processing format is a mirror of the application on which that format originated. If you want to know what OpenDocument doesn't support, look at what OpenOffice doesn't support. I already mentioned two (comments applied to ranges -- which means that all
comments created in Word will suffer when opened in OpenOffice; tracked changes that go beyond mere insertions and deletions).