I think I am the sole member of Québec so far. My mother tongue is
French and I generally work in French using French-language software,
but I agree with what has been said so far: a single North-American list
serves us much better than many regional lists.
Contrary to many others, I am neither a programmer nor an IT technician.
I am a power user and support my colleagues at the office (with outside
help for difficult problems) and at home.
I have had an interest in OpenOffice for a long time, but basically,
OpenOffice 1 and 2 had a major bug which made it almost non-usable for
me: the "space before" a paragraph appeared even when said paragraph was
at the top of the page.
At the moment, I use both Microsoft Office 2003 and OpenOffice 3.2 and I
try to use either one when they are most suitable. I prefer Writer for
long documents with variables and complex stylesheets, but Word for
short documents or those that need to be typeset. I feel equally at ease
with Calc and Excel, but I have yet to do anything decent with Impress.
Often, I have to say that I must use Microsoft products because that's
what our customers need. If I post a Word or Excel document on our
company website, our clients consider it worthy; it I post a Writer or
Calc document, they all complain about that "unreadable document". Some
of our clients do not have enough computer literacy to install
OpenOffice, the others don't have the permissions to do so; therefore it
is Microsoft or PDF documents! As an engineer, a good part of my work
load is spent writing technical and other support documents as well as
presentation files that my colleagues use when they train our customers.
I have to say that my input time is limited. I am torn between this new
product (still beta), the fairly reliable OOo 3.2 (and, alas, the needed
Microsoft Office). I definitely have ideas about what is needed to make
the LibreOffice interface more user-friendly and I could provide some
input on French translations, but I have a limited amount of time.
Montréal (Québec, Canada) -- http://mgagnon.net
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