Outlook installation

Liam Proven lproven at gmail.com
Thu Apr 11 07:34:46 UTC 2019

On Wed, 10 Apr 2019 at 23:33, Peter Flynn <peter at silmaril.ie> wrote:
> I think 2007 was the first to use OOXML and save as .docx

Yes. That's the only XML format I've seen emitted by Office.
LibreOffice has its own, of course.

I don't mind XML but I do not like these internally-zipped formats.
With the old formats, you could at least recover raw text from a
damaged file with tools such as the Unix ``strings'' command. With
compressed XML, files contain nothing but line noise.

> The 2003 copy handed out (all 8 CDs :-) to delegates at the XML
> Conference in Philadelphia used WordML and saved a .xml file, but
> perhaps that was a preview, not the live 2003 release.

I haven't looked at any preview releases or anything, so it could be.
I have deployed Office 2003 in production and it defaults to the
standard DOC, XLS, PPT etc. file formats of older versions.

I don't like the textured toolbars but it's straightforward to turn
off the self-customising menus etc. It also uses "wizards" in place of
dialog boxes for some configuration, which is irritating. Those trends
started with Office XP, which has nothing at all to offer.

Office 2000 works fine, has proper dialogs throughout, irritating but
tolerable flat toolbars, and Word 97 has nested tables -- a table
inside a cell of another table -- and highlighting. I don't need
either but others' files contain them and don't render quite right in
Word 97, and LibreOffice can't help.

So Office 97 isn't ideal but it does all I need and more, it's small
and fast, and while it's not great for interworking with newer
versions, as I solely originate content on my Linux machines, it's
fine for me.

But for a project 2y ago, I needed support for huge files -- circa 1GB
file sizes -- and a 1080*1900 portrait screen, which forced me into
using a newer version.

> Moot anyway, as I threw out the disks after testing the XML software
> (mostly rubbish because it only worked with W3C XSDs and assumed you
> were using XML for rectangular data, whereas real-life XML is text
> documents).


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