[K12OSN] Help me fight FUD

Petre Scheie petre at maltzen.net
Fri May 20 13:27:04 UTC 2005

Speaking of WordPerfect, when talking with people who say "Kids should use MS Office 
because that is what they'll encounter in the business world", it should be pointed out 
that WordPerfect is still used quite a lot, particularly in legal environments.  The 
idea that the world only uses MS Office is a simplistic myth, partly created by reports 
on the *sales* numbers of MS Office & WordPerfect, which don't reveal anything about the 
existing installed base.  The point is it's a false assumption, which therefore leads to 
bad conclusions like the above claim.  Not to mention, as we have all discussed, kids 
need to learn the concepts, not the particulars of one word processor over another.


Tim Kaldahl wrote:
> On Thursday 19 May 2005 07:38 pm, Dimitri Yioulos wrote:
>>>Hello all,
>>>    We're looking at tossing MS Office entirely at our district in favor
>>>of OpenOffice/StarOffice.  The administration recognizes the cost
>>>benefit and the more technically savvy teachers are ok with the change.
>>>So far no on has questioned the ability of OO.o to meet our future
>>>needs.  The Fear Uncertainty and Doubt exist in relation our current
>>>body of work.
> Remind everyone about the change from Word Perfect to Word. That was supposed 
> to be the end of the world too. 
> Tim Kaldahl
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