[OS X TeX] Re: Worrying about MS (was Keeping this list healthy)

Alain Schremmer Schremmer.Alain at gmail.com
Thu Dec 14 16:55:41 EST 2006

B. Ludvigsen wrote:

>I have used this standard reply for the last 10 years. It is sent
>automatically to anyone I know to be under the age of seventy,
>including the administration of my university

Here is the iteration I have finally settled on:


You have sent me a text file in .doc format. This is a proprietary 
format wholly owned and solely controlled by the Microsoft corporation 
with all this obviously entails. As such, I find it unsuitable as a 
format to be used publicly.

It is all the more unacceptable to me as all you needed to do was just 
to copy-paste your document into your email as plain text or, should you 
have felt that its formatting was essential, to save it as RTF, PDF or 
HTML, all non-proprietary formats, before attaching it.

Please do not construe this notice as an unwillingness on my part to 
read your message, but, and I apologize if this is an inconvenience to 
you, inasmuch as you appear to feel that your message was not important 
enough to convey in a socially responsible manner, I am afraid that you 
will have to consider it as having remained unread.

Regards to all

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