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  • by chromatic (983) on 2002.02.26 16:56 (#5162) Homepage Journal
    Writing a book in Word? What's next, writing e-mail in PowerPoint?

    Oh wait. I've seen that. There's a reason I'm not in IT anymore.

    • Some publishers really want things in MSWord. It "simplifies" things.

      I miss the good old days of WordPerfect 5.1-- altho it's i18n capabilities were, shall we say, lacking.

      • Can you turn off automagic on a 'per style' basis? And if you can't do that out of the box how hard could it be to write a perlscript macro to do it for you?;
        • It seems possible to turn off all automagic on a per-style basis in WordPerfect; but I can't seem to get the corresponding things to work in MSWord. I tell ya, if it's not one thing, it's another.

          I swear, some days I think that if WordPad did typo-underlining, I'd never use a "real" word processor again.

      • ORA takes Word, RTF, XML, SGML (a DocBook variant for the last two), Frame Maker, LaTeX, and POD (reluctantly for the last two).

        Personally, I fucking hate working with (X|SG)ML--the extra step to make something readable is like a compile step in programming, and slows down my editing. FrameMaker is too low-level (exposes too many things like kerning that I don't give a rat's arse about). LaTeX is, well, an abomination masquerading as a monstrosity, and POD has the advantage of being human readable, even