[OS X TeX] Re: Worrying about MS (was Keeping this list healthy)
Schremmer.Alain at gmail.com
Fri Dec 15 01:22:00 EST 2006
Adam Goldstein wrote:
> As the level of quoting in this thread is getting too much for me to
Hey, another top poster! :-)
> I will summarize: the discussion concerns how PDF and RTF should be
> described as alternatives to the MS Word document format, since they
> are proprietary, the key point about their use as opposed to Word
> being that they are readable and writeable with a range of open source
> tools. Schremmer (he always signs his posts that way, last name only
Not always, sometimes I sign as schremmer. (Depends on whether I hit or
miss the shift key.)
> ) asked, what would be an appropriate way to phrase a message asking
> people to use PDF and RTF rather than MSW, the initial suggestion being:
> > PDF or HTML, all non-proprietary formats, before attaching it.
> My suggestion at this point is as follows: ". . . save it as RTF, PDF,
> or HTML, all formats readily created and displayed with no-cost and
> open-source tools, before attaching it."
> Or probably better still: " . . . save it as RTF
Why only RTF? On the Mac, at least, saving as PDF is done via the Print
dialog box. How is it on Wintel machines? But I would agree about not
including HTML as I sure don't know how to do it.
So, unless a case is made for HTML, I would entirely agree with:
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 or PDF before attaching it.
> These encodings, whose standards are widely distributed and highly
> stable, are all readily created and displayed with no-cost,
> open-source tools.
though sounds a bit, how shall I put it? technical? How about something like
"Both are completely standard and, moreover, just as easily handled with
free, widely available open-source applications."
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