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

Mike McMullin mwmcmlln at mnsi.net
Thu Oct 30 04:26:23 UTC 2008

On Wed, 2008-10-29 at 09:02 -0600, Robert Hodgins wrote:
> 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
> created.

  True, people do tend to do that, and I usually send them a file from
Open Office and let them sort out the problems involved in opening it.
Fortunately there are filters for the .docx situation, but as noted, the
assumption is that everyone uses MicroSoft Office.

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