[OS X TeX] TeX and the wild wild world out there

Bruno Voisin bvoisin at mac.com
Thu Nov 30 11:19:41 EST 2006

Le 30 nov. 06 à 17:06, Paul Vickers a écrit :

> Windows colleagues send me Word documents all the time and when I  
> open them on my Mac (running Office v.x) all the pictures tend to  
> come out as nice red Xs. I wonder why all my colleagues like  
> drawing red Xs! ;-)

Just yesterday I tried to work on a research proposal involving  
several people from several universities. The proposal was a RTF  
file, edited by some in Word (probably the Windows version) and by  
others in OpenOffice.

When I tried to open it:

- Word Mac 2004 complained that the file "contained imbricated tables  
too complex to be displayed". I couldn't display the file or even  
print it, only garbage resulted.

- OpenOffice opened the file OK (both the X11 version and NeoOffice),  
but there were font and encoding issues resulting in some characters  
being substituted with garbage.

Finally I had to ask the coordinator of the proposal to convert the  
RTF file to a DOC file on Windows, and send me the result. Only then  
could I, at last, add my part to the proposal on my Mac.

Bruno Voisin

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