Subject: Re: Sharing word processor docs with windows users
To: Peter Bex <>
From: None <>
List: netbsd-advocacy
Date: 04/25/2004 22:24:15
On Tue, 27 Apr 2004 14:19:00 +0200
Peter Bex <> wrote:

> Hello there,
> For university, I have to do quite some group-work.  For this, it is often
> necessary to share documents on which everyone can work for a bit and pass
> it on.
> I always get lots of heat from Windows users who say stuff like ``I should
> keep up with times [sic] and just install Windows/MS Office'' because I can't
> read Word .doc documents.
> My question is this: What do you guys use to communicate in the harsh
> reality where Windows & MS Office are the common thing?
> Regards,
> Peter

i think yours is a very common trouble for us.
personally, i prefer using simple command-line tools while i've to read some
shitly .doc files, and i redirect them on a .txt file with the following:

% catdoc text.doc > text.txt

rather than install and/or emulate some software like open/staroffice, or trying
to find harder solutions as html or tex.
you can find catdoc(1) in the pkgsrc collection, under pkgsrc/textproc/catdoc.


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