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On 04/17/2014 11:14 AM, Jeffrey Deutsch wrote:

I'm thinking of applying for an online tutoring position at
However, they require that tutors (and applicants, for the mock tutoring
session) have Microsoft Word (2007 or later) itself -- they specifically
say that OpenOffice is not acceptable. I'd rather not spend $110 just to
get MS Word (or $140 for MS Office, or $10/month or $100/year to rent MS
Office) for this specific job, when OpenOffice/LibreOffice has worked just
fine for me for the past decade.

Does anyone here have any relevant experience (eg, does in
practice allow OpenOffice/LibreOffice, is it absolutely necessary to get MS
Word, do you know of similar online tutoring services that allow
OpenOffice/LibreOffice, etc)?

Thank you in advance!

Jeff Deutsch
Speaker & Life Coach
A SPLINT - ASPies LInking with NTs

"Listen to the universe while it whispers before it has to shout."
Marion Grobb Finkelstein, Communication Catalyst --


Either they do not know a number of applications can handle the vast majority of MS Word documents, not just LO. I have at least four applications (all available at no cost some FOSS and some proprietary) on my Linux box that can read/write MS Word documents plus Google Docs. Or they use VBA macros which is a very, very, very, very serious security risk/stupidity. If they are requiring running VBA macros, I would seriously question their competence and/or ethics for risking anyone's computer. My experience is that many VBA macros can be replaced by a template with user entry fields.

The normal security rule is never allow a foreign (one you have not reviewed/written) VBA macro to run on your computer because they have been a notorious attack vector in the past. The problem is there is often no indication in the file extension a macro is present that could run automatically when the file is opened. I would generalize this to never allow any foreign macro to run on your computer.

Jay Lozier

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