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Re: Microsoft: ODF Leads to Standards Conflict

__/ [ Peter ] on Wednesday 08 March 2006 18:43 \__

> Roy Schestowitz wrote:
>> Microsoft accuses Office rivals of 'standards conflict'
>> ,----[ Quote ]
>> | "Microsoft is digging in against an alliance pushing OpenDocument Format
>> | (ODF), accusing IT rivals of creating "standards conflict" to mask the
>> | fact they are lagging Microsoft?s Office in terms of functionality."
>> `----
>> http://www.theregister.co.uk/2006/03/08/xml_office_standards/
> But who wants a word processing document that plays tunes and shows movies?
> What professor expects essays to be written with the latest whizz-bang word
> processor when those that are 10+ years old are perfectly adequate?
> I found that writing an essay within a strict style guide with proper
> footnotes a breeze in Open Office - easier than MS Office.
Also try Kile or LyX to take full advantage of LaTeX beauty under a friendly
WYSIWYG environment. This might turn out to be /easier/ than using
OpenOffice and the output includes perfectly-clean HTML, PostScript and PDF
(among other formats). Placements are not handled using that paradigm of
'pixel perfect', floating objects. I only even use OpenOffice as a last
resort, when senior colleagues require something they know how to work with.
Lastly, you can use LaTeX to create nice slides with backgrounds images and
a landscape page setting. Something to consider, that's all...

With friendly regards,


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