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fixme:Draft Word Documents

Ed notes: A client of mine is running into the usual trouble with MSOffice. Some of her associates and contractors are emailing her MS Word 2000 documents, which her machine (Win95, Word 7) cannot read. This piece is in search of a simple sellable solution, and for her to point the culrprits to so they may understand. Once cleaned up, it will be posted somewhere a little more permanent. Comments are wanted, fairly desparatly, but I must emphasize, the target for this piece is computer users.

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Avoid Lock-in, Don't Distribute word processor [MS Word] documents

A common problem today, and for the last ten years or so, is the distribution of computer word processor documents. For business, it is vital that memos, letters, and other documentation be distributed quickly to large groups of people, and that they be able to read those documents. For home users, it can simply be terribly frustrating to receive an expected file and be unable to read a word of it.

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<p>fixme:Draft Word Documents</p> <p><em>Ed notes: A client of mine is running into the usual trouble with MSOffice. Some of her associates and contractors are emailing her MS Word 2000 documents, which her machine (Win95, Word 7) cannot read. This piece is in search of a simple sellable solution, and for her to point the culrprits to so they may understand. Once cleaned up, it will be posted somewhere a little more permanent. Comments are wanted, fairly desparatly, but I must emphasize, the target for this piece is computer users. <div align=left>TIA, adric</div></em></p> <h3>Avoid Lock-in, Don't Distribute word processor [MS Word] documents</h3> <p>A common problem today, and for the last ten years or so, is the distribution of computer word processor documents. For business, it is vital that memos, letters, and other documentation be distributed quickly to large groups of people, and that they be able to read those documents. For home users, it can simply be terribly frustrating to receive an expected file and be unable to read a word of it.</p> <p><emProblem description here?</em>So why not just buy a copy of MS Word 2000? This most readilly prescribed solution to this trouble is not a solution at all, and in fact only continues the problem, making it worse later. Although 'upgrading' to the new version of the product may alleviate the immediate problem by allowing you to read previously illegible documents, it only puts off the reoccurance of the problem for a year, at most. Another solution must be found, one that allows users and businesses to exchange data without ever having to worry about the upgrade cycle <em>of Windows and Office</em></p> <p><em>I don't want to talk to much about MS' biz model, and if possible I'd like to leave their name out of it entirely. Everyone knows the problem's name, I should be presenting the solutions' names.</em></p> <p><em>This graph may not belong.</em>Do not believe that a proprietary word processor document format is a standard. Simpler: MS Word DOC is not a standard file format. It isn't even standardized over different versions, like between Word 99 and 2000 (8 and 9) A standard is still and written permanently, and is quite unlikely to change with time. ..<em>interoperability of IP</em></p>. <p><em>plug AbiWord up and down .. and PDF, sadly enough</em></p> <p>And next time I'll explain why ypu shouldn't be sending such files as email attachments anyway (there are much better ways)</p>

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