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

Robert Hodgins ehodgins at telusplanet.net
Wed Oct 29 15:43:29 UTC 2008

> This is how I usually handle it:
> Mr/Ms/Mrs Teacher
> This document is in a proprietary format readable only by the latest 
> Microsoft Office Word application and downloadable reader for older 
> Microsoft Offices Suites. Those of us on Mac who do not use Office or 
> those of us on Linux who use OpenOffice or other office suites, can not 
> open this document.
> Please go to File > Save As > in the box under where you put your title 
> of the document, click on the drop down arrow and select Word 97/ 2000 / 
> XP .doc.

Perfect! This should be made into a template for openoffice. <g>

> Some do this others do not. I had an argument with a teacher who refused 
> to send out a form in a format I could read. I didn't sign it as I 
> couldn't open it. They now claim as I didn't sign it my son cant go on 
> such and such field trip (which is a required part of his grade). Our 
> lawyer is now involved as they failed him on that.

That is just a sheer abuse of power. Good luck!

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