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Re: ajaxWrite Threatens Microsoft Word (Live)

__/ [ Sandman ] on Monday 27 March 2006 20:04 \__

> In article <e095ve$69d$4@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>,
>  Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>> >> Bye Bye Microsoft Word, Hello ajaxWrite
>> >> 
>> >> http://www.michaelrobertson.com/archive.php?minute_id=206
>> >> 
>> >> This joins the various Office productivity applications (notably
>> >> OpenOffice) and Google's latest acquisition.
>> > 
>> > If I open it up in Firefox, and then save the default loaded document
>> > to my hard drive, it looks like complete shit when opened in Word...
>> > Hmmm. Maybe they can read Word document but not really save Word
>> > documents?
>> Have you filed a bug report to Microsoft Office?
> Eh, no?

If you don't tell them, they will never improve. They will fail to realise
that their applications do not interact well *gasp* with the

>> The whole motive for using standardised tools is to *escape* the realms of
>> close-source and break the financial shackles.
> Well, there's also the motives of all those millions upon millions of
> users that would like a cheap or free alternative to Word and still be
> compatible with it.

That's a residue of lockins. Personally, I use PHP to manage my spreadsheets
(I gave up on Calc due to portability and Docs2Go for Palm O/S due to
Windows inclinations). At present, I would take Web-based solution any day.
No cross-platform native application or mobile computer can replace that.
Web-based solutions obviate any need for X Pee Pee and Vista Ka Ka (even
through synchronisation to desktop).

>> Thereby, you retain a
>> document(s) that will remain uniform throughout, regardless of the
>> application used. That is what ODF is set to achieve. HTML and CSS
>> likewise (W3C), but as we all know, Internet Explorer cannot render pages
>> correctly, which requires 'hacks'.
> I know all of this. I have no need - personally - to be compatible
> with Word. never use it. I am not the world, however, and I do realise
> that there are lots and lots of people that not only want to, but need
> to stay compatible with word. And since ajaxwrite uses Word-like icons
> and saves documents with a .doc extension, it seems apparent that this
> is their goal as well. They're not just there yet, and I don't really
> expect them to be there yet.

They don't need to bounce back to word. They open an account with ajaWrite,
push their documents in that direction and that's where they ought to stay.
Lockin? No. OpenOffice works just fine with ajaxWrite, as Lobo can testify.

Best wishes,


Roy S. Schestowitz, Ph.D. Candidate in Medical Biophysics
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