[OT] documents for the general public need to be generally readable
wadesmart at gmail.com
Wed Oct 29 16:00:20 UTC 2008
Bart Silverstrim wrote:
> In truth I don't know where you are or if your local flavor of your
> district is this obstinate or if there's more to the story than you're
> revealing, as I've never run across a situation where you find a need to
> escalate past the superintendent when having a problem with a
> teacher...especially over something like emailed document format. You
> can't be the only one having problems reading Docx so I don't understand
> why your email sounds like a David vs. Goliath situation...
20081029 1039 GMT-6
Im in Oklahoma. And the funny thing about my school district - I install
Ubuntu on their systems. I have put it in the labs, I have several
teachers trying it out, and even some of the administration.
I dont want to drag this out on list as its off topic so Ill just say
this: one of the reason I started pushing for the use of Ubuntu was
because so many teachers had problems on the classroom computers and in
the labs. They couldnt keep them (the pc's) running. I started helping
out by keeping those running - and I did so by using Ubuntu.
Through the use of WINE I was able to keep very old "learn to type"
software running when they moved to a system that didnt support it.
By installing it in the labs (well 2 labs for test purposes) we were
able to keep using older computers. They did - havent crashed or gone
done one time in the since the Spring of last year.
Im talking with the school board now - (as in literally, Im on the phone
as I type this) - about the fact that if the school is using new
software at the 9-12 grades but the 1-8 is not, not only can I not read
what was sent out, neither can their own teachers. Which was just
demonstrated when I forward it to one board member and she could not
open it on her Apple Powerbook.
Anyway, my point still remains - just as is stressed on this list - send
JUST TEXT, no html messaging (though some do) so everyone can read it
easily and on any platform, I think it needs to be the same everywhere -
though Im picking on schools --- my school -- now :)
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