office apps

Chad Perrin perrin at
Tue Jun 8 04:28:31 UTC 2010

On Mon, Jun 07, 2010 at 10:12:44PM -0400, Chris Hill wrote:
> On Mon, 7 Jun 2010, Chip Camden wrote:
> >[...] I do have clients who send me Word docs, and one who requires that 
> >I send them specs in Word format.  For that, I guess I'm stuck using 
> >some behemoth office tool, if only for converting from a different 
> >format.  I'm currently doing that work on a Windows workstation, but I'd 
> >like to limit my involvement with Windows to only developing for it when 
> >I must.
> I have clients like that too. What I've done - only once or twice, and 
> really just to be a dick - is to do my writeup in ASCII text, then `mv foo 
> foo.doc`. There, it's in word format! And Word really can open the file, 
> so...

I've never had a client who wouldn't take either PDF or plain text.  On
the other hand, clients who prefer Word DOC(X) but will take plain text
if they "must" have a tendency to immediately open it in Word, save as
DOC(X), then send the friggin' thing back to me in that format after
making some changes.

I keep hoping the day will come when people who prefer MS Word are the
rarity, rather than me being the odd man out.

Chad Perrin [ original content licensed OWL: ]
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