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Jay Lozier <> wrote:

The "track changes" thing is far too advanced for most office workers i
know of.  When i tried to get people into it they complained that all the
red crossings out and different colours was all toooo confusing.

I have never seen anyone use this feature in MSO (or LO). IMHO most people
find the it confusing or annoying. ...

Yes, but sometimes it is essential. e.g. I worked as an editor
for technical papers that Chinese PhD students were going
to submit to journals or conferences. Mostly they came to
me as latex files, but there were some in .docx. The writer
or the journal chose the format. I gave the latex files back
as .doc and the .docx as .docx, both with changes shown.

Tracking & showing changes was an essential feature for
that work. So was adding lots of comments.

These were difficult files; lots of math, tables & diagrams,
some with a two-column layout, many with comments in
Chinese, some with Chinese in the text, e. g. papers on
multilingual applications. It was also a complicated
environment; students all had Chinese versions of
software, mostly XP & MS Office, but the papers I
dealt with were in English.

In that context, L-O mostly worked right but it was
flakier than a sheepdog with dandruff. Unreadable
comments -- either students not being able to read
mine or both mine & student replies coming out as
rubbish when a file came back to me -- were the
worst annoyance, but there were plenty of others.

Some .docx files LO could not read at all and
others it mangled formatting. I gave up and
edited those with MS Office.

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