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Re: Accessibility of Microsoft Word Documents

From: Andy Heath <a.k.heath@shu.ac.uk>
Date: Tue, 18 Mar 2003 13:26:43 +0000
Message-ID: <3E771E93.1040708@shu.ac.uk>
To: tina@elfi.org
CC: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org

>>I agree with you.  The trouble is you can't work
>>together with people in the business world (who do
>>have *some* good ideas :)) ) unless you do.
>    This confuses me, Andy. Would you, then, say that "The trouble is you can't
>   work together with people in the business world ... unless you do [install
>   and run Internet Explorer]" as well ?

What I am saying is that its very difficult to
work on common documents when others are using
word unless you do also.  This is not an
argument for using word at all, just an expression
of frustration that so many people do.  You *can*
do it but have to accept many compromises in the
way you work and its hard to get good consistent
results that will work interoperably with different
platforms/apps.  Its not fun repeatedly saying
"don't use that feature because it doesn't work
with ....." and so on.

Now if there really were an open source word that
*was* completely and transparently compatible ........
there goes a flying pig again ....

Andy Heath
Sheffield Hallam University
Received on Tuesday, 18 March 2003 08:31:07 UTC

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