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On Fri, 23 Aug 2002 06:57, Sean Middleditch wrote:
> On Thu, 2002-08-22 at 14:45, Alexander Bokovoy wrote:
> > On Fri, Aug 23, 2002 at 02:36:48AM +0900, Sean Middleditch wrote:
> > > Hi,
> > >
> > >  As someone who's barely touched a Windows system in 4 years, I'm in
> > > some need of help designed a "simple" script: we have some 100+
> > > documents saved in MS Word format.  We need them converted to RTF
> > > format (the Township I work for has a new policy, thanks to my boss and
> > > I, mandating all publicly available documents must be in portable and,
> > > preferably, open standard formats).
> >
> > RTF isn't really an open standard. It isn't fully specified and exporting
> > RTF from different versions of MS Word often lead to incompatible RTF
> > files which can't be read by MS Word itself, not saying about different
> > applications. So in result your documents 'portability' may vary.
>
> Hmm, I've been under a totally different impression... perhaps I'd be
> better off limiting it to PDF after all.  (On the other hand, I've yet
> to encounter problems with RTF myself, and it seems at least).

I was resisting the temptation of using windows for donig all my essays and 
papers while at university. So I ran Linux, producing my papers and essays in 
openoffice (staroffice back then). I would save my work as RTF then email 
them to my school account. I _always_ had to format them at school, mainly 
things like tables and even simple things like bullet points wouldn't work 
out the same. I hate to imagine what a moderatly complexly formated document 
would look like when going from openoffice to MS Word. Ultimately I find that 
RTF is like Java (sort of) -- you can write it once, but chances are high 
that you will need to do extra work to get the intended effect :-\

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Signed,
Holden Glova
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