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

Bart Silverstrim bsilver at chrononomicon.com
Wed Oct 29 16:59:12 UTC 2008

Bas Roufs wrote:

> With respect to your comments, Bart...
>> Changing the extension doesn't change the format...
> May be you are right, but sometimes such a trick works anyway because
> of whatever reason.

Only reason I can think of offhand is if Application XYZ has .doc 
associated as something to open, but not .docx. Then it may do the 
trick. Otherwise, you may set yourself up for some whoops, since it's 
still a docx and you may do something like accidentally forwarding it to 
someone who can't read docx and scratches their head at the .doc 
extension not working.

>> if you take a .doc file and change it to a .txt does OO still open it properly?
> Such an option is not relevant for me, because OO opens both .doc and .txt.

No, but it's a troubleshooting question to determine how OO is viewing 
the file, and you know that .doc is nothing like a .txt file.

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