Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 16th Jan 2009 08:45 UTC, submitted by stonyandcher
Features, Office Yesterday we ran a story on how educational institutions defaulting to Microsoft Office may stifle some people who do not own a copy of Office or Windows. A Forrester Research report now states the bloody obvious by claiming that organisations stick with Microsoft Word not out of necessity, but out of habit.
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Education in a specific software
by aliquis on Fri 16th Jan 2009 09:49 UTC
aliquis
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Personally I have never understood why schools focus education against the office package specifically. I'm born 79 and have used computers since I was like say 8 years old or something but I've learned by using.

I know that you can set font sizes, fonts, marginals and such in any application for writing, I have a fairly good sense for how to find those functions but don't expect to find them in a specific place. But give me some time and I'll get whatever I wanted to do done even if I have never used the software before.

And yes, most people just use a very small part of the functionality so why not teach the common stuff in general instead of Office specific?

Things was easier in the days of claris works ;)

Anyhow, I used Pages yesterday, I had no idea where to set marginals and move around layout elements but once I found them it made quite a lot of sense to have them there they was instead of hidden away in some deep menu where you need to have learnt where it's located to find it.

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