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All the Perl that's Practical to Extract and Report

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  • They're not insisting on using Word. It's what they're familiar with, and it's what they like. Some people use Word the way I use vi. They don't see any reason NOT to do so.

    And really, why should they? So it's 20K instead of 300 bytes. Why is that a problem?

    Now, the example of sending an Excel file when the real answer is "23,000" is a problem, because it makes it tougher for the reader. Or in the original case of sending unformatted text in a vessel that is made for formatting text, you also have the problem of having to use too big a tool.

    But really, how much of the concern is the extra work being done, and how much is just disdain for the tools they use?

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    • It's a problem for me because I don't have a machine capable of running Excel or Word. None of the data output I produce can be in either format -- it's all either XHTML or XML. Where I could read plain text straight from e-mail, or save a plain text attachment and open it with vim, I have to open either AbiWord or Gnumeric. If I'm working over the network, forget it.

      You're right; I don't particularly care for either tool. My problem is that it makes my life much harder while providing almost no gai

    • But really, how much of the concern is the extra work being done, and how much is just disdain for the tools they use?

      I don't see a difference; the tools being used are what cause the extra work. If Word didn't cause a lot of extra work, there'd be no issue.