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On 01/18/2014 06:32 PM, Peter West wrote:
On 19 Jan 2014, at 6:12 am, Doug <> wrote:
(As an editor of a small (~1000 circulation) newsletter,  it is important to me to
use standards which are available and in common use by those with Windows
PCs, Apple computers with either of two quite different operating systems,
and Linux--the latter probably only by me!)

So your requirement is, quite literally, read-only.

What's wrong with PDF?
Peter West

Well, not quite: I forward my edited files to the publisher, who
happens to own a Mac with the old Mac Os, so it's not just read,
it's also write. I'm sure he could read pdfs, but his Publisher
program likes .doc files. And I have heard that not all pdfs are
created equal. There have been reports of some problems,
depending on what program generated them.

OTOH, some of the sources are from fairly unsophisticated people,
to whom pdf is probably less familiar than stp (a motor lubricant).
Some of that input comes from .doc files, some from email (!)
And some of it is kinda tricky, no matter what extension it may
have. I have used Libre, TextMaker, and WordPerfect (under
Windows) and even Kate to decode some submissions.
(There is a tendency for blocks of text in some submitted files to
be displaced to the right hand side of the page, such that the right ends
of lines are not available. I have never found out why this happens.
One of the programs mentioned will usually make the file readable
and editable.)


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