Subject: Re: Sharing word processor docs with windows users
To: None <>
From: Peter Bex <>
List: netbsd-advocacy
Date: 04/27/2004 14:52:34
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On Tue, Apr 27, 2004 at 07:45:52PM +0700, Ian Zagorskih wrote:
> MS Windows side: MS Office/What ever you like + Adobe Acrobat Distiller 5=
> UNIX side: Lyx || whatever you like
> All documents exchange is done with PDF format.
> The trick is to manage people working on the same project that such thing=
> "Document" always has its owner and maintainer. And if I'm not the owner =
> document I assume the following unbreakable rules:
> 1. I'm not willing to deal with document in any other format except PDF.=
> Printing *Office documents is always PITA, regardless to is it MS or K or=
> Open or some other office.
> 2. I'm not willing to investigate/change/fix/etc original document - this=
> the document author's responsibility to maintain it and I usually have lo=
> of own things to do.
> 3. As a result of p.1 and p.2 I'm not interested how exactly the author b=
> this PDF i'm reading now.

Nice idea, but in practice this can't work.  In the end it's often the goal
to produce one big ``final document'', for example a requirements
specification for a piece of software.  If you hand in the chapters as
different documents typeset with different programs or even using different
fonts within one program you'll get a big unprofessional looking mess.

"The process of preparing programs for a digital computer
 is especially attractive, not only because it can be economically
 and scientifically rewarding, but also because it can be an aesthetic
 experience much like composing poetry or music."
							-- Donald Knuth

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