office apps

James Phillips anti_spam256 at
Wed Jun 9 16:54:00 UTC 2010

> Date: Tue, 8 Jun 2010 18:44:17 -0600
> From: Chad Perrin <perrin at>
> Subject: Re: office apps
> To: FreeBSD Questions <freebsd-questions at>
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I don't really like either. It is a little better than MS-Office, be seems to follow the same general design philosophy.

> I wish I'd find a foolproof, simple, transparent way for me
> to see and
> edit well-formatted plain text no matter what nonsense
> bloated featuritis
> infected office suite anyone else wanted to use.

Well, I heard RTF is useful for interoperability between MS word versions, but I am not sure how well interoperability between different vendors works in practice.
The Wikipedia page says RTF is a proprietary standard:

You may also want to use an SGML variant like HTML or XML, but those can be tedious to manually edit. For quick messages, Plain ASCII text is much better unless you need a different character set. In that case, Unicode text will probably work.


James Phillips

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