Subject: Re: Sharing word processor docs with windows users
To: None <netbsd-advocacy@NetBSD.org>
From: Peter Bex <Peter.Bex@student.kun.nl>
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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