Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 18th Apr 2011 21:27 UTC
Features, Office Over the weekend, Oracle basically announced its defeat in the competition with the community-created fork of OpenOffice, LibreOffice. Oracle will cease all commercial development of OpenOffice, and will turn it into a purely community-based project.
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lemur2
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2007-02-17

If you don't send as .doc I can tell you that most places will round file your resume since the HR pre screening software usually doesn't work on PDF. Oh and I have personally seen a student lose a full 20 points on a paper (dropping them from a B to an F) for using Open Office which turned their paper into word salad on the teacher's Office 2K3. Whether you like it or not there is a reason why most stick with MS Office, and that is compatibility. I'm sure the FOSS guys will make some claim about Office 2K docs getting mangled in 2K10 (although frankly I have NEVER seen this, and I've dealt with multiMb docs with tons of formatting) but compared to the word salad that OO.o can spit out it really is like night and day. In the end it is Linux all over. if you have time to learn it AND fiddle with it AND deal with its quirks AND don't need to worry about getting round filed or dinged by incompatibility? The OO.o is for you. I personally give it out to home users since little Billy doing a book report is gonna print it anyway. but in business? Good way to make sure you don't get called for that job, or get that contract signed, etc. Having your doc come out as word salad is the surest way to look Mickey Mouse in business, and appearances matter.


The fact that MS Office mangles incoming documents is an anti-feature of MS Office, not a reason to use it.

When your homewrok assignment is done, click on the "PDF" icon in the toolbar of LibreOffice and send the resulting PDF file to your teacher. If the teacher cannot read it, complain and complain until you get him/her fired, as your teacher is incompetent.

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saynte Member since:
2007-12-10


The fact that MS Office mangles incoming documents is an anti-feature of MS Office, not a reason to use it.

It is not MS Office that mangles incoming documents, the incoming documents have not been written properly.

In professional situations you need to have basically a 1-1 between what is seen on your screen and what is seen on your recipients screen.

This is why Office currently rules the roost for document exchange, it's easy enough to use , and has momentum.

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lemur2 Member since:
2007-02-17

" The fact that MS Office mangles incoming documents is an anti-feature of MS Office, not a reason to use it.
It is not MS Office that mangles incoming documents, the incoming documents have not been written properly. "

How would you determine that?

MS Office sometimes writes its own files "improperly", according to that criteria, becase the next time you try to open a document its says "corrupt" and goes into "document recovery". Different versions of MS Office write output "improperly" according to the input at other versions of MS Office. Sometimes, even the same version of MS Office on one machine will write "improperly" according to another machine trying to open the file.

If a .doc file written by OpenOffice will open up again in OpenOffice, but it is mangled if one tries to open it up in MS Office, who is to say if it is the saving in OpenOffice or the opening in MS Office which has it mangled? After all, the opening of supposedly correctly written files is often mangled by MS Office, so why isn't it the fault of MS Office not OpenOffice?

Hmmmmm?

Remember, Microsoft spent years and years trying to make it as difficult as they possibly could for other Office suites to open MS Office files, and as a consequence they even managed to make it difficult for their own programs to open their own files. Access is the absolute master of this trick. This very characteristic is the grandaddy of all anti-features, it is probably the very origin of the concept of an anti-feature.

http://www.google.com.au/search?hl=en&q=define%3A+anti-feature&...

Exactly whom has mangled what?

Edited 2011-04-20 07:16 UTC

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