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On 5/5/13 9:29 AM, Doug wrote:
Last night I replied to a posting from Andrew K., and I thought I sent
it to the list, but apparently9 I didn't. So here it is:

On 05/04/2013 11:14 PM, Andrew K wrote:

I use styles as much as I can, just to achieve consistent formatting,
to say nothing of time saving.

I find that most people I know who use word processors as a (barely
glorified) typewriter are those who are most resistant to using styles.


I may be wrong, but it would seem to me that all this fuss about styles
is made by people who are trying to do desktop publishing.
That's fine, altho there are probably better programs to do that, even
available to Linux users. I'm not ashamed to say that I use
word processors as word processors, not as desktop publishers. I am very
happy to have this glorified typewriter--one which
can import whole paragraphs, move them, or existing ones around, correct
spelling errors without retyping, so some editing--all the
things I might have done on my typewriter, except now so much faster and
easier.  Let the publisher of my document format it with
his desktop publishing app.  He doesn't need a word processor, he needs
its big brother--but I don't!

It's really a case of people using the wrong tool for their job. Like anything else, no one size fits all.

From your description of what you use the program for in another post, it sounds to me like even LO is far more than you need. If you use Windows, you might be able to use just the Wordpad accessory. Or Abiword, Kingsoft Office Free, and other less powerful programs.

My uses tend to be in the middle range. Wordpad, or TextEdit on the Mac, doesn't offer enough formatting options or abilities. And Pagemaker, Quark Express, Calamus, and high end page layout programs are vast overkill. So a good word processor, document processor, or low end page layout software suits my uses fine.

IMO, too many users simply take others' advice rather than experimenting and learning for themselves.


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