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On 07/24/2015 10:45 AM, Brian Barker wrote:
At 06:31 24/07/2015 -0700, Tom Williams wrote:
... I've read many comments about whether or not LibreOffice is a
good alternative to MS Office. Some say yes, others say no. One
common comment made by those who say no is Writer isn't good for
"complex documents". For "basic" word processing, it's fine.
Question: in what ways does LO Writer "fail" at editing or creating
"complex documents"?

I've submitted an LO Writer bug where Writer didn't handle Word
documents with pages with different page orientations well. I was
helping a friend with a term paper and most of the paper was in
portrait orientation, but a few pages were in landscape. LO Writer
treated the entire document as either portrait or landscape but
couldn't handle the mixture of both.

It's worth saying that you are mixing your ideas here. This experience
is not about LibreOffice's facility at creating or editing (text)
documents with mixed page orientations, but about how it can handle
whatever Microsoft Word puts in its proprietary file formats to encode
similar structures. That may well matter to you, but it has little to
do with how good LibreOffice may be at achieving this particular
Yes, the example I cited doesn't reflect on Writer's ability to create
or edit documents with mixed page orientations but the behavior I
experienced could be easily viewed as Writer not being able to "handle"
some kinds of MS Word documents.   This isn't my personal view but a
view I've experienced from those I've helped in using Writer.

You surely cannot believe that it is at all difficult to create and
edit text documents with mixed page orientations in LibreOffice?

I haven't personally created a document like this but I wouldn't have
thought it would be difficult to do. I would have simply looked up how
to do it and do it.  :)


"The other" Tom

/When we dance, you have a way with me,
Stay with me... Sway with me.../

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