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On 05/11/2012 02:04 PM, Andreas Säger wrote:
Am 11.05.2012 19:59, Doug wrote:

I know this is not a popular opinion with certain folks, but I believe
you should save ALL documents in either .doc or .rtf format. Why keep
files in a
format most people can't read? Just because Microsoft invented it is no
reason not to use it. You use their fonts, don't you?


Believe what you want. It is a technical issue.

The ideal answer is for everyone to agree on and support standard, non-proprietary formats for all document types and not use proprietary formats. Unfortunately, in the US at least, this is not true with office documents - MSO formats are defacto standard for US businesses and most government agencies. So we must to use a variety of methods to adapt to the situation. I prefer to use ODF formats as my normal format for all office documents and convert to an MSO format when needed.

The problem is that there are users with a wide variety of skill levels and willingness to learn and this creates its own problems. I know people who in practical terms computer illiterate even though they use computers regularly. Depending on the situation one may need to use a sub-optimal solution to get work done while trying to implement the technically correct solution.

I understand the legitimate technical issues that you are raising but unfortunately the problem is with the ultimate end user. The real solution is social not technical of training and education. My observation is there are significant number of users who will resist doing the technically correct procedure because they believe it is extremely difficult even when it very simple. I know people will not learn to use Powerpoint or Impress to make a slide show or presentation; I actually have prepared presentations for them. And I am not very proficient with either Powerpoint or Impress because I rarely use it for my own projects or work (more accurately almost never use it for work or personal projects).

Jay Lozier

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