[ubuntu-uk] Help get Windows out of schools

Harry Rickards hrickards at l33tmyst.com
Mon Feb 9 16:33:05 GMT 2009


On Mon, 09 Feb 2009 16:20:27 +0000, Rob Beard <rob at esdelle.co.uk> wrote:
> Harry Rickards wrote:
>> Even if school's don't solely use Windows, they usually have to use it
as
>> the main OS, as the AQA exam software only works with Windows, not under
>> Wine; and the SIMS software uses MS Word to view files, which cannot be
>> changed to OpenOffice even on Windows as it's hardcoded into the XML
>> file.
>>   
> Technically I guess you could argue that SIMS are trying to enforce a 
> monopoly by using MS Word to view files over just using the default 
> application to open .doc files (be it Word, OpenOffice, WordPerfect, 
> Works or even the MS Word viewer).
> 
> Not having used SIMS software though I'm assuming Word is just used to 
> view/edit/print the output from SIMS rather than having any specific 
> macros built into the documents.
> 
> Rob


Yeah, I believe it is just used for viewing/editing/printing the output,
although I think Excel may be used to display the graphs within SIMS? I've
found the thread I was looking for at tr.im/sims, and it looks as though
Internet Explorer as used as well, and Firefox can't be used as the XML tag
is a non-standard one.

Harry Rickards


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