From: Alan Horkan (email@example.com)
Date: Mon Feb 03 2003 - 09:34:19 EST
forwarding, i replied offlist by mistake
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Date: Mon, 3 Feb 2003 14:30:07 +0000 (GMT)
From: Alan Horkan <firstname.lastname@example.org>
To: Dominic Amann <email@example.com>
Subject: Re: How to document for html and Word -- don't imitate MS's goofs
On Mon, 3 Feb 2003, Dominic Amann wrote:
> Date: Mon, 03 Feb 2003 08:30:28 -0500
> From: Dominic Amann <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> To: Alan Horkan <email@example.com>
> Subject: Re: How to document for html and Word -- don't imitate MS's goofs
> In any case, my own experience supporting a variety of word processors
> leads me to state the saving a file as a ".doc" offers no assurance of
> compatibility even from one version of MS Word to another, and only
> limited compatibility between other word processors. The safest file
> format in my experience has been the ".rtf" format. Also, the ".abw"
In abiword .doc is actually just .rtf renamed to .doc
Historically in msword .doc could be .txt .rtf and other formats but with
a differnet file extension, so msword has to be able to handle this quirk
and to most users it makes no difference (and in fact i actually prefer to
use rtf renamed to .doc for best portability).
There is some work under way to allow exporting to binary native
Microsoft Word .doc, it is in the
Unstable CVS versions.
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