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Alex wrote,

4. Document collaboration is a real bugaboo. We lawyers share documents
repeatedly. I would create a document using styles, and send it off to a
colleague for further edits. I would get it back with a mess of styles
>and direct formatting. I see no answer to this conundrum, simply because
>our programs allow so many different ways of accomplishing the same
>tasks, and I couldn't expect a colleague to listen to my styles tutorial
>when all he wanted to do was make a small edit to my proposed contract.

Exactly. Try maintaining consistency when drafting a consortium contract
between 7 or 8 parties, using MS Word, LO or OOo, and see what the
document ends up like - a complete disaster !

I never even try to share documents between different programs, such as Word and LO or OO. Even though they may be "compatible," that is an relative concept. There are so many subtle difference between the way the programs handle document files that I found it futile to try to convert from one to the next. Thus, in my law office, my computer had Word, OpenOffice, and WordPerfect all installed. Even today, many lawyers still use WordPerfect, so I could adapt to whatever my counterpart was using.


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