From: Mark Richardson (mrichard_at_usc.edu)
Date: Wed Nov 26 2003 - 15:58:54 EST
On Wednesday, November 26, 2003, Alan Horkan wrote:
> If you were impressed by Abiword on a Zip disk you might be even more
> impressed by abiword on a floppy disk.
> I'd suggest making sure not to offer files in Microsoft
> Word format (unless you absolutely must) and offer the files in reasonably
> open standardised formats such as PDF, HTML and provide Abiword (or even
> StarOffice/OpenOffice) format for those who wan to have more easily
> editable versions of your files.
> As you teach university level writing I have no qualms whatsoever about
> instructing you in the etiquette details of writing email.
> If you are familiar with Unix the command line utitlies style and diction
> might be of interest to help you to analyse peoples writing
Thank you very much for the leads and even more for the (gentle) correction.
I'll follow up on all.
One more question: Abiword, right now, meets most all my needs with
remarkable stability, and I recommend it freely in my *personal*
interactions with students. But would the developers consider the current
version ripe for "recommendation" in some formal way (on course syllabi or
on lists of, say, "recommended writing software")? Or should qualifiers be
added to such recommendations? Or is there a future milestone that we ought
to wait for?
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