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Mon Nov 21 19:31:21 UTC 2005
Carlton Noles wrote:
> Don't misunderstand MS bites and is not as readily available. My
> experience has been that more often than not people are WAY to proud of
> their formatting. I am just saying don't send the extra baggage if it
> isn't necessary.
Not only that, but .snp isn't even usable on most older Windows systems -
and you would _have_ to have Office even on XP systems. I wouldn't even
attempt to open something like that, I'd tell the sender to format it in
some reasonably useful way.
> If text is enough use text.
Yeah, preferably that.
> If the format is absolutely
> essential to the information then use pdf or what ever you wish. I have
> seen way to many messages in PDF where the only thing that mattered to
> anyone other than the sender was the information. In such cases PDF (or
> DOC or SNP or XLS)
Agreed. I used to rail against PDF but I've pretty much come to accept it,
but there's still no reason to use it where formatting is irrelevant. I
wouldn't send XLS files even between MS shops if all they needed were the
numbers - I'd send CSVs. I _do_ send DOCs, to my shame :-)
> But the computer world has moved past that and now we are looking for
> files that can be read by everyone AND keep the formatting and style that
> is wanted by thesender.
only if MS decides to support Open Document Format.
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