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On Fri, 3 May 2013, Brian Barker wrote:

At 16:41 03/05/2013 +0000, Felmon Davis wrote:
I share documents with people all the time because a couple of committees I've been on had me as the 'master of documents', that is, I would take other people's work and bundle it together, edit and produce drafts for them to work on, then I would do up the final report. they almost always are using some version of Word.

But surely that's different? You've been appointed to "do up the final report", so you can do what you like with the final text - even just taking it out as plain text and reformatting from scratch. The earlier conversations where about situations where all members of a collaboration had equal rights to impose formatting - and where the formatting itself was perhaps a relevant point of discussion and agreement.

I am confused. Wolfgang spoke of two users. but granted that would also be a problem if each user claims the prerogative to determine formatting. most occasions I encounter no one claims such a prerogative, each goes their own way, but also most people I deal with don't do any significant formatting to start with.

so what is the context of discussion?

a) several individuals passing documents to and fro and
b) each with a lot of formatting and
c) each preferring their own formatting to others'?

this indeed is a 'war of all against all' but then it's less a matter of word-processor vs latex or something but a problem of organization and coordination.

Where it is appropriate, what you describe is indeed the way to go: to develop and agree on the content separately from the format. The format is either locked down from the start or imposed separately at the end. That's what intelligent web authoring arrangements use, of course.

sorry if I was off topic.


Brian Barker

Felmon Davis

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