I forward the following message to the list, which was sent to me;
but suggest that this is the last one on this thread -- I agree with
Prof. Longstaff that this problem has now been well and truly aired,
with apologies for prolonging it myself. Mark
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Date sent: Mon, 14 Aug 2000 14:07:30 -0400
From: "L. J. Swain" <x99swain@...
Subject: Re: [Synoptic-L] American size printer-paper
Mark Goodacre wrote:
> In Brian's case the document has been formatted as a MS Word
> document and will thus automatically be read by Word if one has that
> loaded on one's machine. I don't know what happens when people don't
> have Word loaded. On my machine it comes up with the margins set as
> Brian has done them, viz. for American paper.
There are actually a few different ways of handling this. One hopes
if you are using WordPerfect or another word processor that the
conversion dictionary set was installed allowing one to read Word
WordPerfect or vice versa. Barring that, one can also download from
Microsoft "viewers" of any of their programs--these little pieces of
software allow one to read any Microsoft generated file and do minor
editing and printing. I myself would never code a file for another paper
size, that adjustment can be made by the recipient for the paper size and
printer they have. In my experience, always much easier to have the
recipient make the adjustments than try and guess what their needs may be.
> One way round problems of compatibility is to save files in "rich text
> format" and these can be read straightforwardly by most word- processing
Mark is on the money here, although I would take it a step further
save any attachment I'm sending as a vanilla text file. Such a file
be read by ANY word processor on ANY platform--whether the
Word2000, Clarisworks, or pico on a Lynux box. Unfortunately,
gains from versatility also costs one in terms of format: a vanilla text
preserves very little formatting, fonts, and the like.
Just my .02