[OT] documents for the general public need to be generally readable

Robert Hodgins ehodgins at telusplanet.net
Wed Oct 29 15:02:05 UTC 2008

On Wed, 2008-10-29 at 09:52 -0500, Wade Smart wrote:
> 20081029 0948 GMT-6
> This is a small rant of mine.
> My son is in orchestra and his teacher sent out a file in a Microsoft 
> docx format to ALL of the students in the music department. What upsets 
> me about this is, first, to assume that all parents are using the latest 
> Microsoft Office much less Microsoft Windows is ignorant. A great many 
> of the music students use Mac and therefore may or may not use Office. 
> And this says nothing of all of us who use something else. Second, if it 
> is for the students of a public school system then it needs to be 
> something that is generic enough to be opened by someone with any type 
> of system.

I've had this happen, as well. Just have a chat with the teacher. Many
folks (and that includes teachers) are accustomed to hitting the ol'
File..Save with no thought whatsoever as to the format that will be

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