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On 3/27/2014 8:02 AM, Kracked_P_P---webmaster wrote:
Then there is the compatibility issues of making a document with LO styles and then saving it as a .doc or .docx file format with MSO users taking that file[s] and modifying it and sending it back to you and your LO Writer to do more edits. I was told months and months ago that these styles would not "translate" well to MSO use and it would be better not to use styles at all for this type of cross platform and office suite editing. A great number of the documents I have created and edited over the past few years were for MSO users. I tend to stick with the .doc format [for text documents] so it is easier on the compatibility front between Writer and Word.

I agree that sharing documents between users has been, for me at least, a real hindrance to using styles. I would create a beautifully styled document and then send it to someone who edited it using the Underwood method. When I got it back, it was a mess, so I would clean it up with styles, edit it some more, and send it back, only to have it come back a mishmash. And, at the time, we were both using MSO! (again, all things to all people.) I'm sure the person on the other end was cursing me for my use of styles just as much as I was cursing them for living in the typographic stone age. It was hard enough for me to convince my own employees to use styles (I never succeeded), I didn't dare try to convince somebody else's employees.

As far as translating styles between LO and MSO, I've found that they generally translate rather well. The primary exception that I've seen is in automatically numbered/bulleted and outline numbered paragraphs. LO and MSO handle numbering differently and that usually doesn't translate well. But, I generally try to avoid mixing word processors when sharing documents. Usually, I try to find out what the other person is using and use the same thing. I have several programs available to me, so I can usually work with anything I get.


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