basic - continued

Knapp magick.crow at
Mon Feb 8 15:16:01 UTC 2010

On Sun, Feb 7, 2010 at 9:49 PM, Rafiq Hajat <ipi.malawi at> wrote:
>> Actually it's not so silly because I was attempted to emphasise the
> lack
>> of backward compatibility that Microsoft seems to delight in.
> You have it the wrong way around. Backwards compatibility would mean the
> latest MS office can open older word formats, which it can. What you are
> calling wrongly backwards compatibility is actually forwards
> compatibility, or future proofing - Asking that a 6 year old application
> can open a format only released in recent years. Not the same thing.
>> In
>> addition, I also wanted to point out that Open Office is much more
>> flexible and accommodating than its MS counterpart
> Yeah, a 6 year old application isn't as good as an up to date one. No
> surprise there ...
> I concede the point - perhaps I have allowed my anti MS prejudices to
> taint my suppositions. I started with Word perfect on DOs, then went on
> to Lotus AMIPRO (remember Lotus 123?)  in Win3.11 and Lotus Wordpro on
> subsequent windows releases. Indeed many of my best DTP designs were
> done on Wordpro and I found these programs incredibly powerful but user
> friendly. I was saddened when they were withdrawn and I hear they've re
> emerged under Corel. Maybe that's why I enjoy Open Office so much. In my
> humble opinion, Word sucks, but Excel is a superb program.
> But I'm glad we had this debate - it has provided considerable food for
> thought and demolished many misconceptions.
> Rafiq Hajat

I don't use it but when I did I loved it and have yet to find anything
as wonderful as MS Access for writing really nice databases in just a
few hours. Yes, Visual basic sucks but it worked in that case.

Douglas E Knapp

Open Source Sci-Fi mmoRPG Game project.

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