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

Bas Roufs basroufs at gmail.com
Wed Oct 29 16:07:42 UTC 2008

Hello Everybody

> ... file in a Microsoft docx format

When I get such an attachment, I act as follows:

I download and save the file at some logical place in the HOME directory.

I copy the file. While doing so, I change the name of the extension
(.docx) in ".doc"
So, "file.docx" becomes "file.doc".

Without any problem, I open "file.doc" with OpenOffice.

> 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 wholeheartedly agree with that!
But now you know that there is a simple trick to open .docx files.
Also OpenOffice is constantly renewing in order to be able to open
such 'new' formats.

Respectfully Yours,


Bas G. Roufs M.A.
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